the difference between ambience and ambiance. what is the best use word?

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what is the best used word between ambience and ambiance?

asked Aug 22 '12 at 16:36 Maria Rozeni Amoroso New member

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As Tolly said, the two are interchangeable in general use -- with ambience being used about twice as often as ambiance in American usage. In my own reading, it seems that ambiance is used most often when the author is trying to convey a certain refinement ("putting on airs") or, as Tolley hinted at, when trying to convey the personal, emotional feeling about the environment.

 

As an architect, I encounter the word in technical use. We often measure the ambient light or sound levels in a space. In these cases, the spelling is always ambience -- as in, John, can you measure the ambience of Room 231?

link comment answered Aug 22 '12 at 18:19 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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