Anonymous: what is the difference between dialogue and conversation?
A dialogue is perhaps regarded as more businesslike/political or for a play. (formal).
A conversation is more something you have with your teacher, account, about matters
- The leaders of the ANC and the Cape goverment entered into dialogue. (possibly to negotiate a treaty).
that can be serious or slightly informal. The word conversation is not as informal as the word
'chat' or 'talk'.
- I had a good conversation with my teacher. (maybe about your grades or future career).
A dialogue is a conversation between two people, but dialogue is the technical term for this kind of conversation in a work of fiction -- a novel or a play, for example. It may also be used to refer to words in general -- to contrast with other elements of an artistic work: Yes, I saw that movie. The scenery and the music were wonderful, but the dialogue was very unrealistic.
A conversation is more general. Several people can join in in a conversation. conversation refers to the ordinary everyday talking that you do with one or more friends.