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Why do we say "This is the right answer" but "The answer is correct"? Why is the difference between 'correct' and 'right' in this context?
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Hi,

Why do we say "This is the right answer" but "The answer is correct"? Why is the difference between 'correct' and 'right' in this context? You can also say 'The answer is right' and 'This is the correct answer'.

In this context, there is really no difference between your two words. The grammar in your first sentence suggests that there is only one correct/right answer, but the grammar in your second sentence leaves open the possibility that there may be more than one right/correct answer.

Best wishes, Clive
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New2grammarWhy What is the difference between 'correct' and 'right' in this context?
No difference.

This is the right answer.
This is the correct answer.
The answer is right.
The answer is correct.

All are acceptable.

correct is in a slightly higher register. That's all.

CJ
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isn't that offensive to left handed people.  (I'm easily offended).  And right. 
Hi,
One the oone hand, yes.
But, on the other hand, no.

Clive
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when there is no choice or ultimate or absolute we use correct. when there is choice or more than one we use right

Is , "Sometimes not listening but can answer correct when çalled", correct?

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anonymousIs , "Sometimes not listening but can answer correct when çalled", correct?

No, and I'm not sure what you mean. Maybe "Sometimes he seems not to be listening, but he can answer correctly when you call on him."