creak and groan

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Senior Member
Hi everyone,
I would like to ask you if there are any differences between "creak" and "groan" in this sentence (source: coursebook): "I have to be careful not to watch horror films on TV because I start to imagine every creak and groan from the rafters is actually someone lurking in one of the other rooms". I understood they both refer to the rafters, but for me they have the same meaning. Can you please help in that? Thank you.
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is hard to say what the difference is between them, but they are very commonly found together, as in your example. Whenever you read "creak/creaks" there is a good chance it will be followed by "and groan/groans".


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I would say creaks are sharper and shorter in duration. Groans are longer and softer and hollower. But it's open to individual interpretation.
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