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    contrive <-- --> conceive

    Ok, diese Frage ist wahrscheinlich vorzugsweise von Native Speakern zu beantworten...

    Kann mir jemand den kleinen aber feinen Unterschied zwischen TO CONTRIVE und TO CONCEIVE erklären?

    AuthorBRABUS MERCEDES05 Oct 08, 12:27
    to contrive: To imagine and put it into practice. To find how to do a thing, esp. how to get over a difficulty.

    He has ~d a new machine for spinning. You must ~ to get over this difficulty. He ~d means for his escape.

    to conceive: To comprehend, to understand, to grasp; to think, to suppose.
    This general verb hardly goes beyond the meaning of 'forming an idea or plan in the mind'.

    I can't ~ why you allowed the child to travel alone. I ~ that there must be some difficulties.
    How on earth a fellow could make such an ass of himself Soames could not ~.

    from: Klein/Friedrich, Englische Synonymik (München: Max Hueber Verlag)
    #1Author Reinhard W. (237443) 05 Oct 08, 12:42
    Suggestioncontrive and conceive
    As a native speaker -

    There are many subtle meanings of these to words depending on context....

    Contrive is plan or bring about and is mostly used in a negative sense (evil plan etc..)

    Concieve is to give birth to (an idea or make a baby) which is usually used in a positive sense (conception, concept). Dont confuse it with Perceive (though many do).

    Examples: I conceived a clever plan to help them win. Our stragegy was contrived to get the Germany and Italians to argue.

    #2AuthorAlan05 Oct 08, 13:04
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