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English Vocabulary - Vocabulario de inglés
DEVICE, GADGET OR MACHINE?
Key
Device is used to refer to a piece of equipment or a tool that does a particular job, and it may operate by electrical power or be used by hand.
Gadget is used to refer to a small piece of equipment that does something useful and it's cleverly designed.
Machine is used to refer to a piece of equipment that does a particular job, and it operates by electrical power. It is usually big and stays in the same place.
Device se usa para referirse a un aparato o herramienta que realiza un trabajo específico, y puede funcionar con electricidad o ser usada a mano.
Gadget se usa para referirse a un aparato pequeño que hace algo útil y tiene un diseño ingenioso.
Machine se usa para referirse a un aparato que realiza un trabajo específico, y funciona con electricidad. Normalmente es grande y está fijo en un lugar.
  • device
    The police uses a device for detecting blood alcohol levels in drivers.
    A mobile phone is a useful personal electronic device.
    The living room has a temperature control device.

  • gadget
    The iPad is a cool gadget.
    This is a neat gadget for opening cans without much effort.
    I bought a new gadget for sharpening knives.

  • machine
    This washing machine is what we need right now.
    I left a message on your answering machine.
    You can buy drinks from this vending machine.

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