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Hi,

Are taste and hobby have the same meaning and interchangeable ?

If not, how can we distinguish them?

She has very expensive tastes in clothes.(1)=She has very expensive hobbies in clothes. (2) ?

Her taste is music. (3)= He hobby is music (4) ?

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No, they are not the same at all.

Taste - Liking for something – she has a taste for modern art. It just means she likes modern art. It doesn't mean that she does anything about it. It also has to be quite specific. You can't have a taste for 'music'. You can have a taste for classical music. You can have a taste for heavy metal music.

Hobby - something you do regularly as a leisure interest. Just liking something doesn't count as a hobby. A hobby might be collecting modern art or trying to paint modern art.

Of course, sometimes you can have a hobby in something you have a taste for. Perhaps you have a taste for classical music and your hobby is playing trumpet in the local amateur orchestra.

'she has very expensive tastes in clothes' - she likes to buy expensive clothes.

'Expensive clothes' can't really be a hobby. Dressmaking (making your own clothes) could be a hobby, or collecting vintage clothes, or something that is more of a leisure interest, yes.
Hi,

You wrote:

You can't have a taste for 'music'. You can have a taste for classical music. You can have a taste for heavy metal music.

So, do you mean I can say: I have a taste for classical music but I can't say I have a taste for music ?

If yes, why can't I sayI have a taste for music ?

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It's too vague. It means something you are REALLY interested in and it is something that not everyone is interested in. Name someone who doesn't like any music at all? Saying you have a taste for music is like saying you have a taste for breathing.
Nona wrote: Saying you have a taste for music is like saying you have a taste for breathing.

I'm confused because according to Times-Chambers Dictionary, 'taste' means 'liking' and the illustrative phrase provided is 'a taste for music'.
Nona The BritTaste - Liking for something – she has a taste for modern art. It just means she likes modern art. It doesn't mean that she does anything about it. It also has to be quite specific.

You can't have a taste for 'music'. You can have a taste for classical music. You can have a taste for heavy metal music.

I agree with the 1st para, but not with the 2nd.

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Hi hancu,

Could you interpret the exact meaning of he has a taste for music (1)?

Some English said to me that (1) is wrong. Do you know the reason for that (1) is right?

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