Act vs Action

Discussion in 'English Only' started by High on grammar, May 14, 2013.

  1. High on grammar Senior Member

    Hello everyone:

    To define the word "pinch", should I say " The act of squeezing a tiny portion of a person's skin, making it hurt" or the action of squeezing........?

  2. Enquiring Mind

    Enquiring Mind Senior Member

    UK/Česká republika
    English - the Queen's
    Hello High on grammar. I would probably say "act", but "action" is perfectly okay too. For me in this (very physical) context, "act" refers to the physical nature of the process, whereas "action" would be considering the process more as an abstract idea.

    There's a usage note on the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary page here, but I'm not sure it's tremendously helpful.
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
  3. High on grammar Senior Member


    Thanks a lot.

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