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Hi,

Are overseas (adj) and foreign (adj) interchangeable? If not, what is the difference in meaning between them?

(overseas markets = foreign markets? (1)

overseas students = foreign students? (2)

overseas-owned companies = foreign- owned companies? (3)

overseas development = foreign development? (4)

overseas trade = foreign trade? (5))

Quoc
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Hi,

Are overseas (adj) and foreign (adj) interchangeable? If not, what is the difference in meaning between them?

Overseas This means a place that you have to go over a sea, cross an ocean, to get to.

Foreign You use foreign in this context to refer to a country that is not your own.

Thus, if I live in Canada and I go to the USA, I am visiting a foreign country, but I am not going overseas.

On the other hand, if I live in Canada and I visit France, I am going overseas and I am visiting a foreign country.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi,

In your examples, overseas is an adverb. Here overseas plays a role of an adjective.

Are overseas (adj) and foreign (adj) interchangeable in these cases?? If not, what is the difference in meaning between them?

overseas markets = foreign markets? (1)

overseas students = foreign students? (2)

overseas-owned companies = foreign- owned companies? (3)

overseas development = foreign development? (4)

overseas trade = foreign trade? (5)

Quoc
Hi,

In your examples, overseas is an adverb. Here overseas plays a role of an adjective. The general distinction in meaning that I explained still applies.

For Canada, trade with France is overseas trade. It is also foreign trade.

For Canada, trade with the USA is not overseas trade, but it is foreign trade.

Quoc, just look at a map. Note where the countries are, and where the oceans are. Emotion: wink

Best wishes, Clive
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