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Sunday, March 07, 2010

ESL Student Blog: Economic or Economical?

Economic relates to organization of money and/or trade in a country or region.

For example, the recent economic recession, the slowdown in economic activity, was felt worldwide. As the result of the economic downturn (reduction in the amount of economic activity), many people have lost their jobs or houses, and layoffs were far too common. How severe was the economic crisis in your country? Is your country on its way to economic recovery? How can economic stability be achieved?

Also, if something is economic, it brings a profit:

The region has an enormous economic potential due to its energy reserves.
It’s a small town. It isn’t economic to open a shopping mall here.

Economical means careful in spending, not wasteful:

Is your car economical on fuel? (Does it consume a lot of fuel?)  Is it economical to run a car with an air conditioner? What’s more economical in the long run: buying a new car or a used one, or leasing a car (making monthly payments for it)?

Do economic difficulties make people choose more economical cars?
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 8:01 PM
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