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Hi

(1)Could you tell me the difference between the two words please?

(2) An old question, what's the difference between "at last" and "finally",

I tried to get my answer of the second question by using the search function, but ended up soon, because the speed of my internet is so low, It took me minutes to open a webpage:(

but I still got some hints, one is that the "at last" means "something happned after a delay, or a long time", so what about "finally"?

Thanks a trillion!Emotion: stick out tongue
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Hi,

(1)Could you tell me the difference between the two words please?

weapons Things to injure, eg a gun, a sword, a borken bottle, a chair, anything you can use to hurt someone. The term is also used figuratively. eg His strongest weapon is his sarcasm.

arms As a separate word, usually used only in the plural. Suggests something specifically designed as a weapon, eg a gun but not a broken bottle. Seldom or never used figuratively.

(2) An old question, what's the difference

Michael Swan discuesses this in his Practical English Usage. Some comments:

"at last"

Suggests that you have been waiting for a long time. eg I sat beside the phone for 4 hours. At last she

You can use 'at last' by itself as an exclamation. eg At last! I've been waiting for you to call me!

"finally"

Like 'at last', can suggest that you have been waiting for a long time. eg I sat beside the phone for 4 hours. She finally called me.

Can also introduce the last item when we are giving a series of items. eg To learn English, you need to study grammar. You need to read a lot. You need to practice your writing. Finally, you need to listen to native speakers.

Best wishes, Clive
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Arms can be anything like gun, pistol, spear , knife bomb sniperit could be anything which can kill a person.

Weapon is a kind of an arm. It is one of a kind like only a pistol or only a rifle. So in a nutshell different kind of weapons are called Arms when they are kept together.

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A weapon is any device used to inflict damage or harm to living beings or property.
A gun is not a weapon until it is used to inflict damage or harm to living beings or property.
A gun used to rob, kill and destroy is a weapon.
A gun used in self-defense is not a weapon.
The same applies to a knife.
A gun or a knife in and of itself is not a weapon; they must be used to inflict damage or harm to living beings or property before they become a weapon.
Arms and weapons have a similar meaning. Arms is generally the more formal, abstract, or literary, term, and can usually be substituted for weapons, but weapons typically cannot be substituted for arms. Some examples:

In the US people have the right to keep and bear arms. (This is an abstract, legal type of usage, and weapons cannot be substituted.)

Does he have any weapons on him? (Arms could be substituted in a literary type of situation, or where formality is being emphasized.)

Does he have any arms on him? (This is a more literary or formal type of statement and using the word weapons would change the tone of the statement.)

We found a weapons cache hidden under a pile of logs. (Arms can be substituted here.)

We found an arms cache hidden under a pile of logs. (Here formality is being emphasized, and the word weapons would change the tone of the statement.)

In this country it is traditional for men to carry arms. (This is a statement about tradition, and weapons would typically not be used here.)

Search him for weapons. (Arms could be substituted in a more literary type of situation, or where formality is being emphasized.)

Search him for arms. (This is more literary usage and the word weapons would sound crude here.)
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