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Niklas
2018-02-26, 21:55

Efficient or effective?

What’s the difference between efficient and effective? When should I use what? Are they synonyms? Lately I have heard effective used instead of efficient. I use effective only as in “the cease-fire was effective immediately“.


Best regards, Niklas 🎈

Emo
Emo 
2018-02-27, 06:47
#1

I hope somebody can explain how they use the words. 
According to my Dictionary there is no (or very small) difference between them.

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Emo
Emo 
2018-02-27, 06:51
#2

A question about #1
What do you prefer in it: some, somebody, someone or pehaps anybody (anyone)?

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Niklas
2018-02-27, 11:14
#3

#2: Someone.


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Leia
2018-02-27, 20:29
#4

I would say efficient is a way to describe achieving maximum productivity/ getting the most out of something. A good synonym for this could be productive or well-organised.

Whereas effective describes being successful or achieving an intended result. A synonym for this could be potent, successful or functional. 

All the best, Leia

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Evelina
2018-02-27, 22:21
#5

Great clarification Leia! Couldn’t have said it better

Niklas
2018-02-28, 10:58
#6

Aha, that has been hard for me, as a non-English native, to understand. Thanks!


Best regards, Niklas 🎈

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