Vocabulary

Efficient or effective?

2018-02-26 20:55 #0 by: Niklas

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“.

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2018-02-27 05:47 #1 by: Emo

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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2018-02-27 05:51 #2 by: Emo

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

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2018-02-27 10:14 #3 by: Niklas

#2: Someone.

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2018-02-27 19:29 #4 by: Leia

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. 

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2018-02-27 21:21 #5 by: Evelina

Great clarification Leia! Couldn’t have said it better

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2018-02-28 09:58 #6 by: Niklas

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

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