at a refugee/refuge camp

Discussion in 'English Only' started by swayingrass, May 27, 2008.

  1. swayingrass Banned

    Taiwanese
    Practicing medicine at a refugee/refuge camp was an unforgettable experience.

    Hi,
    Do both refugee and refuge fit in the above and mean about the same to you? Thanks.
     
  2. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    Hi swayingrass,

    Can you tell us whether you think both words fit? :)
     
  3. swayingrass Banned

    Taiwanese
    Thanks, cycloneviv.
    Yea, I think both fit, but I'm not sure.
     
  4. Tarlyn New Member

    Australia
    English (Australia)
    "At a refugee camp" is correct :)
     
  5. swayingrass Banned

    Taiwanese
    Thanks, Tarlyn.
    But what's wrong with "at a refuge camp?"
     
  6. cycloneviv

    cycloneviv Senior Member

    Perth, Western Australia
    English - Australia
    Thanks for telling us what you think, swayingrass. :)

    I can see why you might be confused. A refugee camp is a camp for refugees; a camp in which refugees stay.

    Of course, it sounds reasonable to say that it would be a camp for refuge; in which refugees find refuge, but the "set term" is "refugee camp".

    I hope that helps. :)
     

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