Problems with 5 Sentences (Historic and Historical)

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I was wondering if any one out there could tell me if historic/ historical are used correctly in these few sentences:


1. I looked up the historical data of your medical records
2. Is this a historic replica of the Mona Lisa?
3. This was a historical battle between the two countries
4. I like reading historical novels
5. The age of Elvis Presley was truly a historic period in Pop culture

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

words grammar asked Aug 20 '13 at 17:27 Lisa New member

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'Historic' is an adjective that means something important from the past. World War II was historic.

'Historical' is an adject that means anything from the past, whether or not is was important. Your first sentence above is a good example of how 'historical' should be used.

 

2. Is this a historic replica of the Mona Lisa?

I don't think either one would be correct in this sentence. If the copy were important, somehow, 'historic' would be applicable, but I can't see where 'historical' would fit in this sentence.

 

Try using the definitions I gave at the beginning of this answer to correct these sentences yourself and see how you do. Repost if you still have problems.

 

3. This was a historical battle between the two countries 4. I like reading historical novels 5. The age of Elvis Presley was truly a historic period in Pop culture

link comment answered Aug 20 '13 at 23:09 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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