embody vs. embodiment

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Chinese Su

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I am practicing making sentences using "embody" and "embodiment".

Do I use them correctly? Thank you :)

1. In Chinese culture, dogs embody loyalty.

2. In Chinese culture, dogs are an embodiment of loyalty.
 
  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    Yes. In the sense that to embody something can be to epitomise it, and an embodiment of something can be a tangible example of it.
     

    Chinese Su

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    Chinese
    Yes. In the sense that to embody something can be to epitomise it, and an embodiment of something can be a tangible example of it.
    I see! Thank you for your answer, Lingobingo :D

    Borrowing a few words from your explanation, I would also like to know if:

    1. In Chinese culture, dogs epitomize loyalty.

    2. In Chinese culture, dogs are an epitome of loyalty.

    3. In Chinese culture, dogs exemplify loyalty.

    4. In Chinese culture, dogs are an example of loyalty.

    Thank you :)
     

    lingobingo

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    English - England
    2 should be “the epitome”. And dogs are an example of a domesticated animal kept as a pet and/or used for working purposes. I don’t think you can say they’re an example of loyalty. All the other options are far preferable.
     

    Chinese Su

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    2 should be “the epitome”. And dogs are an example of a domesticated animal kept as a pet and/or used for working purposes. I don’t think you can say they’re an example of loyalty. All the other options are far preferable.
    Crystal Clear! Thank you so much, Lingobingo!!! :D
     
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