his commitment/dedication/devotion to volunteer service

bamboo--tw

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Anderson was awarded a medal of honor for his commitment to volunteer service.


Hi,
Is "commitment" in the above interchangeable with "dedication and devotion? Thanks.
 
  • ewie

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    English English
    Hi Bamboo. All three sound okay to me. (I'm slightly hesitant about devotion, but it certainly wouldn't be 'wrong' to use it.)
     

    bamboo--tw

    Senior Member
    ROC/Mandarin
    Thanks, ewie.
    I'm curious about the reason you're hesitant about "devotion." Are there subtle differences between it and the other two?
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    I'd be hesitant about devotion, too, bamboo.

    Devotion was originally used only in a religious sense, and it still tends to have a flavour of strong emotional attachment or even "worship" about it. We talk, for example about a married couple being devoted to one another; or a mother being devoted to her children.

    The only phrase I can immediately think of where it doesn't have that emotional flavour is "devotion to duty".

    I'd prefer the more "neutral" commitment or dedication here.
     
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