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#131145 08/05/04 02:38 PM
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Are the words emigrant and immigrant interchangeable?


#131146 08/05/04 02:46 PM
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Broadly speaking, to emigrate is to exit, and to immigrate is to arrive, and emigrant and immigrant are related in the same way. i.e. One might emigrate from his home in Ireland, and immigrate to England.


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A former copy editor who repeatedly reduced me to tears taught me that your country may be full of immigrants but not of emigrants, because all of the latter have left.


#131148 08/05/04 07:18 PM
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Yes, these relative terms can be quite confusing. For instance, and American offers to 'go with you to the movies', a Brit to 'come with you to the movies'.


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And then there's the "bring" vs "take" controversy.


#131150 08/05/04 09:15 PM
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One would expect that any immigrant is also an emigrant, elsewise he would have either to go from point A to nowhere or arrive at point B without having come from anywhere.


#131151 08/06/04 04:29 AM
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Here in the south we still hear "carry" used for "take"...
as in, He had to carry the car back to the mechanic, or
I carried my aunt to the doctor twice this week.

I try to ignore those mental pictures, I do....


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we still hear "carry" used for "take"

Do you also hear it used for "bring"?


#131153 08/06/04 11:45 AM
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Hi all!
Bring/take/go/come:'grateful for some places and people':-)

I don't think they are interchangeable , but I think a country can have both immigrants and emigrants.
Isn't emigre the more common word?







#131154 08/06/04 02:32 PM
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I never understood why there was so much controversy 9over bring vs take. The rule is simple and unequivocal. Bring means to move someone or something toward the speaker, take means to move the object away.

My latest pet peeve is introduce, as in someone standing there on television "Let me introduce you to the next President of the United States." ARGH, as James J. Kilpatrick is wont to say, "Let me introduce to you the ext President of the United States."



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