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Old February 15, 2011, 04:42 AM
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Civil or civilian

When both terms are adjectives, are they interchangeable?

Civil/civilian population.

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Old February 15, 2011, 05:12 AM
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When both terms are adjectives, are they interchangeable?

Civil/civilian population.

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No, they are not. Civilain is in fact a noun, so civilian population means a population of civilians.

Civil is an adjective and does mean pertaining to the population, but more commonly relating to polite behaviour. A "civil population" would be understood as a population of people who are polite to each other. (England for example, not Spain )

When posting on a forum, we are required to be civil to each other.
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Old February 15, 2011, 05:31 AM
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No, they are not. Civilain is in fact a noun, so civilian population means a population of civilians.

Civil is an adjective and does mean pertaining to the population, but more commonly relating to polite behaviour. A "civil population" would be understood as a population of people who are polite to each other. (England for example, not Spain )

When posting on a forum, we are required to be civil to each other.
A Civil War is a "polite war"?
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Old February 15, 2011, 05:39 AM
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A Civil War is a "polite war"?
It could hardly be a civilian war could it?

In English language, there is an exception to every statement except this one.

Sometimes it is hard to remain civil here.
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Old February 15, 2011, 05:45 AM
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A Civil War is a "polite war"?
A ver qué interpretación pones en "civil engineer"
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A civil engineer is one specializing in "public works" - like roads, harbors,
wharves, etc.
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Old February 15, 2011, 04:23 PM
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A civil engineer is one specializing in "public works" - like roads, harbors,
wharves, etc.
Spoilsport.
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Old February 15, 2011, 04:41 PM
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Spoilsport.


Can "spoilsport" be always used as "aguafiestas"?
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