respond vs. react

kaze_hikaru

Senior Member
Korean
I can't tell "respond" and "react".
For example,

It's important to react to his news.
It's important to respond to his news. Are both correct?

Thank you for in advance.
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I can't imagine saying the first one, since reacting is generally involuntary, not something one would be told to do. Example: She screamed (or cried, or fainted, or cheered) in reaction to his news.

    The second sentence makes sense, since to respond is to answer, to reply.
     
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