[Grammar] Attend Or Participate?

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Both “attend” and “participate” mean to be part of, and they are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. In today’s [Grammar], we will share with you the correct usage of the words. 

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1. attend

to be present at an event

The meeting was attended by 90% of shareholders.

to go regularly yo a place

Our children attend the same school.

2. participate

(rather formal) to take part in or become involved in an activity

She didn’t participate in the discussion.

We encourage students to participate fully in the running of the college.

It seems that “attend” and “participate” don’t differ a lot, but if we take a closer look, we will find that by “attending”, you usually play a more passive role, for example, “attend a concert”; while by “participating” in some event, you take up a more active role.

I attended a soccer game. It was so boring. I slept the whole time.

I participated in the soccer game. My legs hurt from running!

The above sentences may help you to have a clearer understanding of the two words.

That’s all for today’s [Grammar]. We’ve also prepared a quiz for you👇

#1. Over half the population of this country _____ in sport.

#2. How many people _____ church every Sunday?

#3. I am the first child in my family to _____ college.




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