Different vs Various

1 10 2010

Try explaining that!

Is it “We offer different services” or “We offer various services” ?

I think both are correct, but the meanings are slightly different.

The former means: we offer services which are not the same as other people in the trade.

The latter means: we offer many kinds of service, with a lot of variety among them; service A, service B (not the same as A), service C (not the same as either A or B)… etc.

I don’t know.

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1 10 2010
Stefan

Now make it even more complicated:
What about ‘divers’ or ‘variety of different services’?

But there are the same difficulties in German:
‘unterschiedlich’, ‘verschieden’, ‘verschiedenartig’… πŸ˜‰

Hope that helps to increase the confusion. πŸ˜€

2 10 2010
eriza

Haha, danke.. habe diesen Artikel gefunden:

http://www.spiegel.de/kultur/zwiebelfisch/0,1518,327300,00.html

genau dasselbe Problem mit unterschiedlich vs verschieden πŸ™‚

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