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Diferente y Distinto

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I think there is a slight difference between "Son hombres diferentes" y "Son hombres distintos" The first sentence implies that the two men are different from the men we encounter generally, pero the second one implies that the two men are different from each other. Do I get this right?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/_ArS_
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4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thakelo
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Nice interpretation and all... but to me, they're the same. Native speakers don't make this distinction.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Not every native speaker. :) As one, I do differentiate.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thakelo
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I meant spanish native speakers, sorry.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julian_L.

Well, I am a native Spanish speaker and I do not difference the words "diferente" and "distinto", as you have spoken.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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No hay problema.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I would think that "diferente" means differing from each other, while "distinct" means differing from men in general. That's how I use these two in English, so that's how I applied it to this.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pleurocystites
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I general I would actually use the English words the way the OP did- with 'distinct' implying 'from one another' and with 'different' implying a comparison to a general ideal/stereotype, like when 'different' is used as a euphemism for 'weird'. From your remark I would doubt there is a strong consensus on that and I suspect the context around the sentence would do much more to determine the interpretation than the choice between 'different' or 'distinct'.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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Agreed, it depends on the context, and the person's own perspective. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/13bimic
13bimic
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Thanks, by the way, is that so with english being your first language or not?

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Yep, native English speaker here. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mcjeffer

it is the same, both are synonym.

4 years ago