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Is the phrase "fake teeth" correct? I googled it and found out that it is used. But my English tutor says that this phrase is incorrect and the book from Hillside Press had this phrase as a mistake.

So what is true?

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Maybe your English tutor wants you to say "false teeth" instead. Google count is 85K for "fake teeth" and 442K for "false teeth".

Note that in the Wikipedia, both "false teeth" and "fake teeth" redirect to the page on dentures. However, in general, while "false teeth" is used as a synonym for dentures, "fake teeth" is more for things like vampire teeth that people wear in Halloween for fun.

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Martha, Cindi deleted her comments. But she had basically written what I described in my last sentence above. I will delete the reference to avoid any confusion for future readers. –  b.roth Oct 14 '10 at 14:26
    
re: fake vs false teeth: I feel that false teeth are real teeth, just not true (i.e. natural) teeth. False teeth are a replacement for your natural teeth. Fake teeth aren't real teeth. So while I understand wikipedia merging the terms, I'd say there is still a subtle distinction and the tutor may be on the right track. –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Oct 15 '10 at 15:53
    
@Mr. Shiny and New, that's what I meant by "However, in general, while "false teeth" is used as a synonym for dentures, "fake teeth" is more for things like vampire teeth that people wear in Halloween for fun. " –  b.roth Oct 15 '10 at 16:12
    
Yes. I just wanted to expand on it to illustrate the difference between "fake" and "false". –  Mr. Shiny and New 安宇 Oct 15 '10 at 20:07
    
thank you guys you are great:) –  Parhs Oct 18 '10 at 23:43
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Any language teacher that say a phrase is "incorrect" has no understanding of how language actually works. You can say that a term is more common and is the accepted way of saying a thing but if enough people use a word or phrase "incorrectly" then it becomes the accepted standard and the meaning changes. Language is not math and there are no "correct" answers. In language might makes right.

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thank you:) When i get the book i will post here the complete example.. –  Parhs Oct 14 '10 at 15:44
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