use of operational vs operating when referring to expenses


It is more grammatically correct to say the sponsor is responsible for the "operational" expenses of the facility or the "operating" expenses?

asked May 25 '12 at 13:24 Jeanne Hutchins New member

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Operating expenses would be correct.

link comment answered May 25 '12 at 15:01 Courtney Contributor

Both are used as synonyms.


"Operational" is used in the sense of "functional" and is more frequently used with expenses.


Operating is used in the sense of "being in effect" or "involved in a kind of operation" and is prefered with system, profit, table and theatre as compound nouns.

link edited May 25 '12 at 16:22 Rahul Gupta Expert

Then what would be the substantive difference between 'Operational expenses' and Operating profit'? ^.~"

neurochromeJul 01 '13 at 06:53

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