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HOBBY - RECREATION & ENTERTAINMENT
Could anyone help me to distinguish the difference between "hobby", "recreation" and "entertainment". I know there are some overlaps between them. But how about this sentence "Recreation and entertainment" are important to people anywhere in the world."? Please give me a clear explanation. Many thanks.
Here is what I have read from the Encarta dictionary:
Recreation (n): refreshment, amusement
Entertainment (n): art of keeping people entertained; enjoyment, performance or exhibition
What I understand here is that "recreation" is used personally i.e. what a person usually do to relax himself after work. "entertainment" here means a performance (to entertain people) or the enjoyment of a group of people.
My next question is "how about hobby?" What's the difference between "HOBBY & RECREATION"? To me, "recreation involves some enjoyable activities whereas "hobby" means something we usually do for pleasure". Could you explain more? Many thanks.
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Hi,

You're right that three are some overlaps, and that the dictionary defintions are not easy to grasp.

Let me just offer you a few very brief comments on how I think about these words.

hobby - something a person does, often with their habds and often by themselves. eg collecting postage stamps, making wood carvings.

This is a word that people often use in connection with themselves and their friends.

entertainment - something you watch rather than participate in. eg TV, the theatre.

This is a word that people often use in connection with themselves and their friends.

recreation - the focus is on something that refreshes your mind.

This is not a word that people often use in connection with themselves and their friends.

To me, it is more of a 'public' word, eg Toronto City Council will talk about 'the city's facilities for recreation'. But individual people will talk about these as eg 'parks', 'soccer fields'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi, Mr. Clive,
Thank you so much for your clear explanation. Best wishes to you! Have a nice day!