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reveal vs. review

ml2000

ml2000Super Member!

Canada

What is the different between “reveal” and “review”?


Say, which one of the following is better?


1. After revealing the document, I realized how important it is.
2. After reviewing the document, I realized how important it is.

07:35 PM Dec 07 2017 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi, 



Great question! These two words appear very similar, but they have different meanings.



reveal (v.) = show or share something that was a secret before



review (v.) = (1) look something over in order to make changes; (2) study something to prepare for a test



So, your example sentences have different meanings, too. Number 2 is the most likely sentence to hear in English.



1. After revealing the document, I realized how important it is.


– This makes sense only if you never saw the document before. However, this would make more sense to me: “After she revealed the document to me, I realized how important it is.”



2. After reviewing the document, I realized how important it is.


– This makes perfect sense to me. You knew of the document before, but now that you have looked at all the details again, you know it is very important. 



I hope this helps!



Best,



Amy

06:46 PM Dec 08 2017 |