Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) a difference between two or more things that should be the same
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    • a discrepancy between one person's account of what happened and another's
  • Analysis

    A discrepancy can refer to incompatibility or a lack of similarity between two facts or two things that should be the same.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There is a discrepancy between your account of what happened and Brian's, so one of you is lying.
    2. I'd like to discuss my bill with you. there are a couple of discrepancies I'd like to clarify.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. There were a number of discrepancies in the statement the suspect gave to the police which only served to increase the suspicion of guilt around him.
    2. It's important to document any breaches of procedure straight away in case there are discrepancies in accounts later on.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. At the AGM, shareholders questioned the CEO on the discrepancy between the bonus he reported to have received, and the actual amount listed in the company accounts.
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