Incidence or incident ?

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Hello guys,

Is there a difference between the two following words:

incident and incidence?

Does it have something to do with frequency, or just synonyms?

Thanks in advance

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Yes, frequency is the key. According to Americn Heritage Dictionary:

incident = a separate and individual occurance [The incident happened yesterday afternoon.]

incidence = freuency [There is a high incidence of malaria in certain countries.]

Incidence also is the act of something happening: There was a riot, but we never expected its incidence.

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Hi, Philip

A little follow-up question:

Which would you choose:

1. The following two words

2. The two following words

(I personally lean to #1, but not sure)

Thanks in advance!
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PhilipYes, frequency is the key. According to Americn Heritage Dictionary:

incident = a separate and individual occurance [The incident happened yesterday afternoon.]

incidence = freuency [There is a high incidence of malaria in certain countries.]

Incidence also is the act of something happening: There was a riot, but we never expected its incidence.

By the way, welcome to the Forums!

Hi Philip

Thanks a lot for your response.

That's too much clear now.

By the way, welcome to the Forums!

Thank you

Anonymous:
It would be proper to allude to "the incident".

It would not be proper to allude to "the incidence".
AnonymousIt would not be proper to allude to "the incidence".
Hi, Anon,

Why would this be improper?
The incidence of juvenile suicides caused by harassment through social networking sites has sharply risen.

Thanks, - A.
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Anonymous:
I think that both phrases can be used. I will attempt to use both appropriately.

1. The following two words can be used both as nouns and verbs: "pitch" and "strike."
*or*
Listen to the two following words.
(So, I believe that "the following two words" refers to words that are about to be spoken or written.)

2. The first two words of his speech were "Welcome to." The two following words were "hell's gates."
*or*
He was shocked to hear the two following words.
(So, I believe that "the two following words" refers to words that have already been spoken or written.)
Incident - The word "incident" is normally used to describe an event or an occurrence. In its original sense, the word was used to mean "a subordinate or trivial event".
Incidence - The "incidence" of something is the frequency with which it occurs.
http://www.learnenglish-nyc.com /
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"Welcome to the Forums", or should it be "Welcome to the Fora"?
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