What is the Difference between Convenient and Versatile?

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If the bus that you need comes every 15 minutes, it is convenient. You don’t have to wait very long.

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If your apartment has laundry in the basement, that is convenient. You don’t have to waste time going to a laundromat.

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If your hair is very short, that is convenient. You don’t spend much time or energy washing, drying, or styling your hair.

Thus, convenient means: Easy to use, or easy to do. Not requiring much effort.

Long hair is versatile. Look at all of the things it can do:

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Blue jeans are also versatile. You can wear bluejeans at home or at work. Jean material can be made into pants, jackets, or skirts.

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Apples are also versatile. They can be eaten fresh, drunk as juice, fermented into hard cider, cooked into a sauce, baked into a pie.

Versatile, then, means: having many uses.

Of course, something can be BOTH convenient and versatile.

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  • That folding chair is convenient because you can pick it up and take it anywhere.

  • It is also versatile. It can be a chair, a table, a ladder, a doorstop, a decoration, a weapon, a bed–or twenty more things besides.

Can you think of other examples of things that are both convenient and versatile?

Do you still have questions? Check out related PELA blog posts:

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