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Hi.

what is the difference between advance as a noun and advancement?

Are they interchangeable?

Ex. There has been a major advancement/advance in computer technology.

Ex. Advancements/advance is science

Thank you for your help
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Hi.

Would you please tell the difference between them?

Thanks
hrsaneiHi.
what is the difference between advance as a noun and advancement?
Are they interchangeable?

Ex. There has been a major advancement/advance in computer technology.
Ex. Advancements/advance is science

Thank you for your help
Hi Hamid,

'Advance' is often associated with the idea of increased development or improvement as in: 'Advances in technolgy now make the laptop more popular than the desktop computer'

'Advancement' is more of a long term, developing progression forwards as in: advancement in your career, advancement in civilization, advancement in the promotion of literacy and numeracy.

HY
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Hi Hamid,

I agree with innertide.

We use advance for technological,scientific,medical etc whereas we use advancement as progress or development in your job, level of knowledge etc.

In addition advancement is both countable and uncountable.

Hope it helps,

Iman
Thank you Innertide for your response.

I don't find your explanation clear enough to distinguish between the two words.

I don't get how increased development or improvement is different from developing progression.

You are using synonymous words to define two different words.

Would you provide me with several examples in which one fits the context and the other not.

Thanks
Hi Iman.

Thank you for your time and response.

It seems you have got in rut. You have copied and pasted Longman definitions of the words here. I appreciate that, but I have a Longman dictionary too.

As the definitions go, how on earth level of knowledge is different from scientific areas?

COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English) provides 152 examples for advances in science and 310 examples for advancements in science.

According to your explanation, one expected to have more available data for the former one.

BTW, do you detect any differences in the two above mentioned phrases?

Thank you very much
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