Act vs Action

High on grammar

Senior Member
Farsi
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........?

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  • Enquiring Mind

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    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.
     
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    High on grammar

    Senior Member
    Farsi
    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.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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