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How are "solution" and "answer" different?

I keep getting exercises wrong because I put the wrong one; they seem synonymous to me in English, so I haven't figured out the rule for the exercises.

3 years ago

OldSpiceGuy
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A solution (in the sense that is similar to answer) is how a problem is successfully resolved. An answer is a response to a question. In 5+5 = 10, 10 is the solution. In the question "What is 5+5?", the correct answer is 10. That said, the two are often used somewhat interchangeably. Answer can also be used as a synonym for response (even when not to a question), which solution generally can not.

3 years ago

Well... Technically yes, but they could be reversed... I suppose that in general, yes, that is true.

3 years ago

Macjory
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How's this for a start: not all answers are solutions, and not all solutions are answers. But the two circles overlap. For example, if a teacher asks you to do a math problem, you solve the problem and can give her an answer to her question: they're essentially the same.

But I can answer a question in my field by appealing to experience, information I've learned in the past, what I've heard from other people, etc. Not all questions are problems that need to be solved.

And if I come upon a problem, I can solve it without ever asking a question.

Does that help?

3 years ago

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Your answer to a question can be correct or it can be wrong. "The answer to the question" is "the solution". Macjory is correct. There can be a solution without ever having asked a question.