Historic and Historical

October 22, 2015

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Ah, the “beauty” of -ic/-ical adjectives. Let’s look at historic and historical. The two words are often listed as synonyms, but what do they mean? When do we use them? Open a dictionary (for example, this one) and you will find the following explanations:

-historic: istoric, de importanță istorică;

*part of history; famous or important in history;

Examples: historic event; historic speech, historic photo, historic period; historic change;

-historical: istoric, privitor la istorie;

*dealing with history; from the past

Examples: historical perspective; historical institute; historical context

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by Elena Atudosiei

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