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Hi,
Could you please explain what the difference is between old-fashioned and traditional if they are interchangeable in these examples?

1.She wants to be an old-fashioned/ traditional mother, staying at home and looking after the children.

2.My parents are old-fashioned/ traditional about relationships and marriage.

3.She's very traditional/ old-fashioned in her ideas and opinions.

Thanks.
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Hi,

The main difference here is that is that 'old-fashioned' often implies that 'modern' is better.

'Traditional' does not imply this, and may even suggest that 'traditional' is better.

Clive
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Hi Clive,
Can I use the two words in those examples?

Is 'about' correct in 'traditional about...' in the example?
AnonymousMy parents are old-fashioned/ traditional about relationships and marriage.
Is 'in' correct in 'old- fashioned in...' in the example?
AnonymousShe's very traditional/ old-fashioned in her ideas and opinions.
Thank you very much.
Hi,

Can I use the two words in those examples? Yes. With the small nuances that I explained.,

Is 'about' correct in 'traditional about...' in the example? Yes
AnonymousMy parents are old-fashioned/ traditional about relationships and marriage.
Is 'in' correct in 'old- fashioned in...' in the example? Yes
AnonymousShe's very traditional/ old-fashioned in her ideas and opinions.
Clive
AnonymousMy parents are old-fashioned/ traditional about relationships and marriage.
3.She's very traditional/ old-fashioned in her ideas and opinions.
Hi Clive,
What's the difference in meaning between 'about' and 'in' in the examples?

Thanks!
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Hi,

Not a lot.
'In' suggests that what is being discussed relates more closely to her character and her key principles.

Clive
CliveHi,The main difference here is that is that 'old-fashioned' often implies that 'modern' is better.'Traditional' does not imply this, and may even suggest that 'traditional' is better.Clive
Hi Clive,
Why doesn't 'traditional' imply this, and may even suggest that 'traditional' is better?

Can I use 'traditional' in sentence #1 and #2?

1.He's very old-fashioned/ traditional when it comes to music.

2.You think they are too young to get married? Don't be so old-fashioned/ traditional!

Thanks!
Hi,

Why doesn't 'traditional' imply this, and may even suggest that 'traditional' is better?
You are asking me why words mean what they mean?Emotion: stick out tongue
Because over the years the words have just come to have these meanings.

Can I use 'traditional' in sentence #1 and #2?

1.He's very old-fashioned/ traditional when it comes to music. Both are possible.

2.You think they are too young to get married? Don't be so old-fashioned/ traditional! 'Old-fashioned' sounds more like what I think you mean.

Clive
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Clive2.You think they are too young to get married? Don't be so old-fashioned/ traditional! 'Old-fashioned' sounds more like what I think you mean.
Hi Clive,
I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean by your answer here. Isn't 'traditional' OK? Could you explain why it's not fine here?

Thanks a lot.
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