Qin Gang, spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, said Stone "should do more to promote understanding and friendship between nations." French fashion house Christian Dior said it would drop Stone from its advertisements in China after her May 22 remarks.

Is remark slightly more formal than comment? Is that the only major difference?

Thanks in advance.
1 2
I would like to hear from others, but to my ear "comment" has just a slightly negative connotation as compared to the neutral "remark."

Her short hemline caused quite a lot of comment at the church social.
I wanted to say something about his behavior, but I thought it was best to refrain from comment.
And yes, I also think "remark" is a little more formal. "The president will make a few remarks following the presentation" means he's going to make a speech, probably one prepared in advance; "the president will make a few comments" sounds like he will be speaking for a much shorter time and possibly off-the-cuff.
I don't take it as any more formal, and there's certainly no major difference here.

"Remarks" is meant here as a pejorative, but I hear "comments" and "remarks" as equally useful in both pejorative and non pejorative applications. "Remarks" might be a bit more biting, and more effective here as a stand-alone (without pejorative modifiers), but the difference is slight, to my ear.

- A.

Edit. I agree with Del that "a few remarks" would be the preferred choice for the President's prepared statement, although it could depend on the President. I perhaps misinterpreted N2g's use of "formal" as applying to the venue in which the report is delivered, as opposed to the venue in which the remarks/comments were made.

"That remark was uncalled for." "Keep your comments to yourself." Here, the two may be exchanged, one for the other.
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?

The two words are certainly interchangeable in many contexts. However, here are a couple of general comments.

remark - an often casual statement.

comment - suggests to me that it is related to some indicated or prevously raised topic.

eg You walk into a room and say 'Hi, Clive. It's cold outside'. I'd call that a remark, but I wouldn't call it a comment. I might, however, call it 'a comment on the weather', thus indicating in my words the subject that you are speaking about..

Best wishes, Clive
Clive, you have a good point. However, your last sentence lost me

thus indicating in my words the subject that you are speaking about..
Perhaps the first person and the second person became temporarily short-circuited.

A remark can be off the wall, but a comment is usually about something being discussed.

If you've just entered the conversation, you don't know what's being discussed, so anything you say is likely to be a remark.

But, that remark may be self-explanatory, and qualify as a comment, because the words of the "remark/comment" tell what it's about.
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
A remark can be off the wall, but a comment is usually about something being discussed.

Thanks Avangi. I agree with Clive and You about the above.

Remarks are comments about a specific issue. It’s not more or less negative than a comment.

“The sky is blue.” Is that off the wall enough to be a remark?

Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Show more