Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I cannot understand the difference between being imaginative and creative, sometimes I get either of the words but thinking or relating it to the other confuses me and I reach back to where I started. Could someone please help me?

share|improve this question
4  
Which dictionaries have you consulted? –  Barrie England Sep 17 '12 at 17:57
    
'imaginative' is more about talking, 'creative' more about making. –  Mitch Sep 17 '12 at 19:19
    
@Mitch I'am not entirely agree with you on this point; as far as I know, imaginative persons tend to be stereotyped as a dreamers, and the stereotype may be fair; while creative persons are motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. So, it is difficult to see the difference you stated. –  user19148 Sep 17 '12 at 21:09
    
@Carlo_R.: I was giving the simplest not incorrect difference: thoughts vs. reality. 'Make' means to 'create' or 'build' here. –  Mitch Sep 17 '12 at 21:13
    
@Mitch I might say, 'imaginative' is more about thinking, 'creative' more about making. –  Jim Sep 18 '12 at 0:07
show 2 more comments

closed as general reference by MετάEd, Cameron, tchrist, Mahnax, Matt Эллен Oct 4 '12 at 9:52

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

1 Answer

The literal interpretation is that while they both come up with new, interesting ideas, the creative person follows up and creates the things he or she imagines, while an imaginative person merely has ideas.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.