Electric vs Electrical


What is the difference between the stated words above?


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asked Aug 14 '13 at 22:18 ducdang123 Contributor

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'Electric' can be both a noun or an adjective, but 'electrical' is an adjective only, so I'll discuss adjectives.

If noun to be modified uses electricity to operate, use 'electric'.

Electric stove

Electric train.


If the noun (usually a person) does not directly use electricity, then use 'electrical'.

Electrical engineer

Electrical consultant


'Electric' modifying a person usually has nothing to do with electricity, but describes a dynamic personality or action.

He was electric when he gave the speech.

link answered Aug 15 '13 at 11:44 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

What a succinct explanation!

ducdang123Aug 20 '13 at 23:13

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