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Can I use "cut" instead of "chop"? How different them?


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In this case, it would sound unnatural to use "cut" instead of "chop". This is because to "cut" something usually means to make an incision using something like scissors or a knife, but to "chop" implies a bigger force, using bigger tools. When talking about wood, "chop" is the usual verb to use because it requires the use of an ax, which is a very heavy duty tool. Ex: He chopped down the tree. Ex: I am chopping up the vegetables. Ex: The girl cut the paper with scissors.

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