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Condition and Situation 两个词的比较

The meanings of condition and situation are very similar in Chinese. So sometimes it's hard for me to choose when I use them.

Phoebus Ma

Phoebus wants to know the difference between the words condition and situation in English.

Both words can be translated as 情形 and 情况 in Chinese, so how do we tell the difference?

Try looking at the sentences below and see if you can enter either condition, conditions or situation into the gap. Then listen to the programme to find out which is the correct word and why, with the help of Finn, Feifei, Tim and Julie.

  • That’s right. It’s a pretty bad _______ really.


  • Julie loves motorbikes, but mine’s in such bad _______.


  • The road ________ are terrible.
A motorcycle in the snow

Snowy conditions aren't ideal for a motorbike


  • I think I’ve got a cold now. My ________ getting worse.


  • I live in a castle on top of a high mountain. The ________ gives me beautiful views.


  • I will only lend it to you on one _________.


If you have a question about English, email our team at questions.chinaelt@bbc.co.uk. We may answer it on this programme.