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rarely vs. seldom #1 (permalink) Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:52 am   rarely vs. seldom
 

Hi,

Is there a difference between "rarely" and "seldom"?

Thanks.
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rarely vs. seldom #2 (permalink) Fri Jul 06, 2007 8:28 am   rarely vs. seldom
 

Hi Rosalia,

That's an interesting question and I must confess I find it hard to find a difference. I'll have a shot at it -

'seldom' seems to be the more formal:

Politicians seldom answer questions in a direct manner.

We rarely go on holiday during the summer
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Hope that helps a little.

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rarely vs. seldom #3 (permalink) Sat Jul 07, 2007 6:02 am   rarely vs. seldom
 

Thanks very much, Alan, for it. :D
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