English Language

Effective or efficient?

2018-10-02 07:55 #0 by: Niklas

I haven’t understood the difference between effective and efficient. To me they seem to be used interchangeably.

Can someone explain the difference?

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2018-10-02 08:36 #1 by: Evelina

I would say efficient is more related to doing something with optimal ability and where the timing is sufficiently optimised. 

Whereas, effective is more related to doing something productive and successful. 

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2018-10-02 08:55 #2 by: Niklas

Okay, that helped a bit. I mostly use efficient. Hopefully that’s what I mean too. ;-)

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2018-10-02 10:27 #3 by: Evelina

I felt like this question was familiar. Laughing out loud

https://englishlanguage.savvity.net/discussions/5a94743d1d41c83b6802ef14-efficient-or-effective?discussions-2

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2018-10-02 13:24 #4 by: Joab

Effective: doing the right things (e.g. producing stuff that a market asks for).

Efficient: doing the things right (e.g. produce stuff with a minimum of resource requirements, like time, people, environmental impact etc)

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2018-10-02 20:04 #5 by: jordan

Both #1 and #4 are correct, I'd link effectiveness with how successful something is, and efficiency with how something can be done in the most useful way.

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2018-10-03 08:58 #6 by: Niklas

Thanks, both of you!

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2018-10-25 20:02 #7 by: Tammie

Example;
Evelina is very efficient at implementing effective changes in the work place.

Happy creating!

Tammie

Host of Paints and Crafts

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