There is already a question about difference between "act" and "deed". My question will be similar. I want to know what is the difference between words "deed" and "doing" when we judge about other people. For example:

  • A good deed.
  • A good doing.
  • A bad deed.
  • A bad doing.

Which words is more popular and recognizable? The "deed" looks more rare and oldschool for me.

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    Off the top of my head, all deeds are doings, but not all doings are deeds. However, I would not use them interchangeably, especially in cases of established phrasing, e.g., "a good deed." If you take a look at the definitions for deed and doing, a few key words should become pretty obvious. Meanwhile, I'm trying to think of when a deed is not a doing.... – Teacher KSHuang Mar 29 '17 at 12:09
  • I have never heard of a good or bad doing. – Yosef Baskin Mar 29 '17 at 19:55

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