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GandalfMB

Senior Member
Bulgarian - Yellow Beach
Hello,
On OALD I stumbled across this sentence "They copied the designs from those on Greek vases." Can we say "Twitter was copied from Facebook in 2006."? They used it as a pattern. I hope that using this sentence is not illegal.


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  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    "They copied the designs from those on Greek vases."
    Can we say "Twitter was copied from Facebook in 2006."?
    No. It has nothing to do with legality. "They copied the designs" means that the designs looked exactly like the designs on Greek vases. Twitter doesn't look like Facebook, except that they're both places where people post things; so is this forum!
     

    GandalfMB

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian - Yellow Beach
    Fine, then. Let's broaden the scope of the discussion. If two things (not twitter and facebook) look exactly the same, can we say that "one was copied from the other"? That's all I want to know.

    P.S. Thank you so much, Parla. You actually made me think. That's exactly what copy means (two things look the same at the end of the process). Same in my native language and I have been using it incorrectly for ages :mad:.

    Thank you
     
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