‘Precise’ means exact. It can be used in the same way as ‘exact’ in a sentence in its verb and its adverb form.
Can you tell me the exact time the message arrived? /
Can you tell me the precise time the message arrived?
A difference is that ‘precise’ has a noun form (precision) whereas ‘exact’ doesn’t.
- In some contexts it is quite important to be precise in your choice of words.
- The offer expires at precisely 3pm on Tuesday the 5th.
Collocations: When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
orientation to, oriented by, oriental art
perspective on, perspective related to, perspective about
precision of, precision in, precise measurements, precisely correct
prime of life, prime real estate, prime position, to prime someone
psychology lesson, psychological condition, psyched by, psyched out
Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (http://www.time4english.com/aamain/lounge/awl.asp).
Complete the sentences below with the correct form of the word.
- When you start a new job you need to _______________ yourself to the new environment? (orientation, orient)
- His _______________ on the issue will be quite interesting because he was involved in the decision-making. (perspective, perspectives)
- In the Year 12 maths exam, you don’t always need to be _______________; it is sometimes more important that you demonstrate understanding of the principles. (precisely, precise)
- A _______________ reason for the drop in female participation in engineering courses is the male-dominated culture . (primes, prime)
- Police officers and soldiers may both suffer from _______________ damage that is referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (psychology, psychological)
Answers (in the wrong order)
5. psychological 1. orient 2. perspective 3. precise 4. prime