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Difference Between Ad and Add

What is the Difference Between "Ad" and "Add"?



Ad = advertisement = a picture, short film, etc. which tells people about a product, service or job.


  • "We put an ad in the newspaper."
  • "He doesn't like to see ads on TV."
  • "This is an ad for a new English course."


Add = to put something together with something else --> +.


  • "Please add some sugar to the tea."
  • "Do you want me to add your name to the list?"
  • "Add 3 and 4, and you get 7."

In summary, an "ad" is an advertisement, and "to add" is to put something with something else.

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