sign / signboard

KYC

Senior Member
Mandarin
Hello, everyone:
I am wondering what the difference is between "sing" and "signboard".
I want to say "He saw the sign/signboard fall down and hit the car."
It seems that the meaning of the word "sign" is identical with the the one of the word "signboard" to me.
Or I should say I can't tell the difference between them.
Can you tell me what word I should say? Thanks a lot in advance!
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I am wondering what the difference is between "sign" and "signboard".
    I want to say, "He saw the sign/signboard fall down and hit the car."
    The word sign simply denotes a text mounted in some way; it could be a piece of paper pasted to a wall, a slab of wood, a piece of metal, whatever. A signboard is a sign that's an actual board, a piece of wood.
     

    KYC

    Senior Member
    Mandarin
    Thanks for the explanation, Parla.
    So I can say "He saw the sign fall down and hit the car."
    I can also say " He saw the signboard fall down and hit the car." But the word "signboard" is much suitable in what I want to express, isn't it?
    Thanks agagin!
     

    Mr.Dent

    Senior Member
    English American
    Thanks for the explanation, Parla.
    So I can say "He saw the sign fall down and hit the car."
    I can also say " He saw the signboard fall down and hit the car." But the word "signboard" is much suitable for what I want to express, isn't it?
    Thanks again!
    That is correct.
     
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