When I said "fascinating" in basic conversation, my English teacher said interesting in response. I'd like to catch the specific difference between them.


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The difference is in intensity: fascinating means extremely interesting.


  • An earlier close-vote set comment read '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.' It was probably downtoned to be kinder to newcomers, but still applies. And to quote @Rathony, 'We do not encourage an answer to an off-topic question. If you want to help the Original Poster, please post it as a comment' Oct 4, 2016 at 21:20
  • Moreover, closed questions are only deleted from the system when the answer(s) have no score. As such your answer might be target of strategic down voting if does get up voted.
    – Helmar
    Oct 4, 2016 at 21:30
  • @EdwinAshworth I don't care. Oct 4, 2016 at 21:30
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    @Helmar I don't care. If you two have problems with the question, take it up with the OP and stop badgering people who are only trying to help. I don't need anyone's permission to answer a question - and the question is still not closed now, not to mention when I answered it. Oct 4, 2016 at 21:33
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    But I do care. You could have helped the OP by giving this as a comment instead of an answer, and helped the people who do care about keeping 'please look this up for me' questions off ELU, to preserve its credibility as a site for linguists, at the same time. Who are you trying to help? There are plenty of other websites for very basic questions and / or those not accompanied by a reasonable amount of research. Oct 4, 2016 at 23:04

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