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Hi,

Would you please comment on these sentences for me?


Demonstrations succeeded in [ disturbing / disrupting ] the meeting. (Both can be possible however "disrupting" is more extreme, and chaotic.

The building renovation work is creating constant noise, dust and [ disturbance / disruption ] to all the residents.

(Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic.

He was charged with causing a [ disturbance / disruption ] after the game. (Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic.

The [ disturbance / disruption ] of the local wildlife by tourist. (Only "disturbance" is suitable).


Thanks

John Aki

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John Aki

Hi,

Would you please comment on these sentences for me?

It might be a good idea to read the discussion below this quotation box before reading the comments beside each sentence.


Demonstrations succeeded in [ disturbing / disrupting ] the meeting. (Both can be are possible however "disrupting" is more extreme, and chaotic.
"disrupting" is better because a meeting is an action in progress.

The building renovation work is creating constant noise, dust and [ disturbance / disruption ] to all the residents.

"disturbance" is better because the noise and dust are annoying the residents. The noise and dust are disturbing the residents, but the noise and dust are disrupting the lives of the residents.

(Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic.

He was charged with causing a [ disturbance / disruption ] after the game. (Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic. You can 'cause a disturbance'; you don't usually say 'cause a disruption'.

The [ disturbance / disruption ] of the local wildlife by tourist. (Only "disturbance" is suitable).

Yes. 'wildlife' can't be conceived of as a process, so we don't say that we are disrupting it.


Thanks

John Aki

Generally speaking, you disturb a person, animal, or other living thing. A disturbance is something that causes a little harm to that living thing, maybe just by being an annoyance.

disturb the boss, disturb the neighbors, disturb the wildlife, disturb the birds, disturb the seedlings

But you can also disturb more abstract things.

disturb the orbit of a planet, disturb someone's sleep, disturb the peace

You can cause a disturbance or create a disturbance.


But you disrupt an action in progress; you disrupt a process. 'disrupt' is similar to 'interrupt'. After an interruption, the action or process can continue, but after a disruption it is sometimes impossible to continue the action which is disrupted.

disrupt a meeting, disrupt the flow of water, disrupt the flow of gas, disrupt the football game, disrupt the financial markets, disrupt the blood supply to an organ, disrupt the water supply, disrupt a birthday party

We don't usually say cause (or create) a disruption.


CJ

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John AkiDemonstrations succeeded in [ disturbing / disrupting ] the meeting. (Both can be possible however "disrupting" is more extreme, and chaotic.

You mean "both are possible"; "can" is redundant with "possible". "However" is not a coordinating conjunction, so you have made a run-on sentence. "Both are possible. However, "disrupting" is more extreme, and chaotic."

I would not say that "disturb" is possible. It is far too weak for what demonstrations would do to a meeting.

John AkiHe was charged with causing a [ disturbance / disruption ] after the game. (Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic.

Watch your typing.

"Disruption" wants something to have been disrupted, and there is nothing here.

John AkiThe [ disturbance / disruption ] of the local wildlife by tourist. (Only "disturbance" is suitable).

I agree.

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There was a minor [ disturbance / disruption ] during the demonstration luckily nobody was injured.(Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic. Cheers
There was a minor [ disturbance / disruption ] during the demonstration luckily nobody was injured.(Both can be possible again "disruption" is more extreme, and chaotic. Cheers
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Hi Mr. CJ,

Sorry to hassle you again, would you please correct for me If I am still wrong in the meaning of these words.

"disruption" is a difficult word for me, it has so many interpretations in many different English dictionaries. This is why I was/am so confused, which one is more accurate for it.


Interruption - Process or action can continue. (Minor)

Disruption - Process or action sometimes impossible to continue, more severe than "interruption"

but nothing near than "chaos".

Chaos - Serious and terrible.


There was a [ chaos / disruption ] during the demonstration, luckily nobody was injured. (Chaos is a better and more accurate word for it, since I mentioned that luckily nobody was injured means wasn't that peaceful)

This country is in a state of chaos under the war. (Refer to thing) (Under the war, always chaos)

Strike always cause traffic disruption. (Minor)

Strike can cause traffic chaos. (Can be out of the control)

Under the war, everyone is in a state of confusion. (Refer to people)


Thanks again in advance

John Aki

John Aki

Interruption - Process or action can continue. (Minor)

Disruption - Process or action sometimes impossible to continue, more severe than "interruption"

but nothing near than "chaos".

Chaos - Serious and terrible.

Yes, that's a pretty good description of those words.

John AkiThere was a [ chaos / disruption ] during the demonstration. Luckily nobody was injured. (Chaos is a better and more accurate word for it, since I mentioned that luckily nobody was injured means wasn't that peaceful.)

Yes. 'chaos' is complete disorder. You can't find a pattern in it anywhere. Sometimes my desk is in chaos. Emotion: smile

John AkiThis country is in a state of chaos under because of the war. (Refer to thing) (Under the war, always chaos)

That's possible, but often many parts of a country at war are not at all in chaos. It might be more appropriate to say that a city that had just been bombed was in chaos. Often it's the battlefields that are in chaos.

John AkiStrikes always cause traffic disruption. (Minor)

OK, but only certain kinds of strikes, of course. A strike of factory workers would not necessarily cause traffic disruption. Emotion: smile

John AkiStrikes can cause traffic chaos. (Can be out of the control)

Correct.

John AkiUnder the In war everyone is in a state of confusion. (Refer to people)

The sentence is correct, but I don't necessarily believe that it's true.

'confusion' does apply to people most often, but it can also apply to situations. It's less severe than chaos, but in the same general category.

The hurricane threw everything into confusion.

CJ

Thank you Mr. CJ,

Finally I understand this word "disruption".


Regards,

John Aki

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