ADAPT vs ADOPT | Ask Linda! | English Grammar

In this video Linda breaks down the difference between “adapt” and “adopt”.

Due to the similar spelling and pronunciation, these two words are often confused.

Let’s break it down.

‘Adapt’ is used as a verb and refers to the action of taking something and changing it for a special purpose.

For example:

A screenwriter successfully adapts the book to make it work as a movie.

“Adopt” is also used as a verb but has a different meaning. It refers to the action of taking something and using it or making it your own.

Because they couldn’t have children of their own, they decided to adopt a child.

So remember, ‘adapt’ means to change something for a special purpose and ‘adopt’ means to make something your own.

That’s it for today. See you next time!

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