Senior Member
Spanish, Valencian/Catalan
Hello. Is there any difference between the verbs "tangle" and "entangle"? For example:

- "The telephone cable is entangled/tangled".

Is this sentence correct in both cases?
  • maxiogee

    Tangled would be better, but technically they are the same.

    Entangled is assuming a meaning of one thing being caught up in a mess with something else. The fish get entangled in the trawlerman's net, but the angler gets his line in a tangle.
    The telephone cable gets tangled on itself, but if the computer cord is in there too they are entangled.


    Senior Member
    UK English
    I'll explain the way I understand the difference. I would say the cable is tangled. If something else gets tangled in it, then it becomes entangled.