My high school teacher told me that "human" is not interchangeable with "human being" in certain contexts. But he did not really give any clear examples.

I would greatly appreciate if anyone can clearly define the difference and provide some examples.

closed as off-topic by Edwin Ashworth, FumbleFingers, choster, NVZ, oerkelens Aug 16 '16 at 10:46

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

  • Look up what various dictionaries claim to be the adjectival usage of 'human'. *'Human being frailty.' *'The milk of human being kindness.' *'Human being endeavour.' – Edwin Ashworth Aug 15 '16 at 11:50

"Human" can be used as an adjective, or a noun. The noun form means the same as "human being".

"human being" is not an adjective, so we can't use it in place of "human" when we're using human as an adjective.

For example:

"I'm only human" -> adjective

"I'm only a human" -> noun

So, we can say "I'm only a human being", but not "I'm only human being", for example.

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