Difference between "normal person" and "average person"

  • Sarawut Positwinyu

    Is there any difference between normal person and average person? Can I use these interchangeably?

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  • AndrewNimmo

    Normal has societal connotations and can vary according to perception, experience, culture, politics and period of history, whilst average usually refers to the results of statistical measurements related to groups of people.

  • Mark

    It depends very much on the context. Normal can have a variety of meanings, as can average. If you're talking about test scores for example, or anything involving quantities, you'll want to use average and not normal. However, if you're talking about behavior, they're pretty much interchangeable.

  • Tom Au

    An "average" person is a normal person BY DEFINITION.

    "Normal" means "close to" average (in statistics), but plus or minus. It is this "plus or minus" part that allows "normal" to be NOT average. Even so, it would mean that the deviation from average is a "normal" or usual amount, and not "way out."

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    Difference between "question" and "query"
  • Urbycoz

    What is the difference between a question and a query? It seems that in certain circumstances, the words are interchangeable:

    I have one further question.

    I have one further query.

    But, other times they are not:

    The police officer questioned the man.

    The police officer queried the man.

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  • RedGrittyBrick

    Oxford online says:


    noun (plural queries)

    a question, especially one expressing doubt or requesting information:
    if you have any queries please telephone our office


    verb (queries, querying, queried)

    [reporting verb]
    ask a question about something, especially in order to express one's doubts about it or to check its validity or accuracy


  • Mari-Lou A

    Query noun

    -1. a question, esp one expressing doubt, uncertainty, or an objection
    -2. a less common name for question mark


    -3. to express uncertainty, doubt, or an objection concerning (something)
    -4. to express as a query ⇒ ""What's up now?" she queried"
    -5. (US) to put a question to (a person); ask

    Question noun (The first five uses are listed but there are a total of fifteen.)

    -1. a form of words addressed to a person in order to elicit information or evoke a response; interrogative sentence
    -2. a point at issue ⇒ "it's only a question of time until she dies",
    -3. a difficulty or uncertainty; doubtful point ⇒ "a question of money", "there's no question about it"
    -4. (a) an act of asking (b) an investigation into some problem or difficulty
    -5. a motion presented for debate by a deliberative body


    -16. to put a question or questions to (a person); interrogate
    -17. to make (something) the subject of dispute or disagreement
    -18. to express uncertainty about the validity, truth, etc, of (something); doubt

    Differences between question and query as nouns

    • You ask a question. NOT You ask a *query. (*incorrect)
    • You submit a query.
    • You answer a question. NOT You answer a *query
    • There are 10 multiple-choice questions on the exam. NOT There are 10 multiple-choice *queries on the exam
    • How to write a query letter. NOT How to write a *question letter.
    • We regret that we cannot deal with queries on individual cases. (formal)
    • An exam/test question. NOT An exam/test *query
    • He popped the question (make a proposal of marriage). NOT He popped the *query

    Some common collocations with question: - probing - direct - straight - difficult - personal - loaded - rhetorical - controversial - awkward - embarrassing - inane - silly - tricky

    Some common collocations with query: - specific - separate

    When the nouns question and query are synonymous

    • If you have any questions/queries, please contact us.
    • You reply/respond to a question/query.
    • "I would like to put a question to the first speaker"(formal)
    • "I would like to put a query to the first speaker" (very formal)
    • Have you any questions/queries about what you're supposed to do?

    Differences between question and query as verbs

    Query is more formal and slightly outdated, and can be substituted with either question or the more common reporting verb, ask.

    • She queried whether three months was long enough.
    • "Any chance of a cup of tea?" he queried hopefully.
    • She asked/questioned whether three months was long enough.
    • "Any chance of a cup of tea?" he asked hopefully.

    "He questioned hopefully" sounds a little odd to me, I doubt a native speaker would actually say this, although in the written form it might be possible.

    Similarities between question and query as verbs

    They are both transitive verbs and can sometimes be used interchangeably.

    • The police officer questioned him at some length.
    • The police officer queried him at some length
    • They questioned her motives.
    • They queried her motives.
  • fuzzyanalysis

    Questions are more informal, broad, random, and can often be off-topic or out of context, spiraling into more discussion and debate. You've heard the phrase "begging the question", but not "begging the query"... this sums up the notion that questions can open up a can of worms, whereas I've yet to experience a query being so chaotic.

    A query can be the action (verb) of submitting a question (noun). Queries are also used in computing as instructions you submit to a database to get results. I agree with Preteesh in that queries are more technical and exact: You send a query, you get a result. My personal interpretation is that there is not much creative thought involved in delivering an answer to a query, but there can be in answering a question.

  • Theta30

    Query implies an official/technical doubt or question, whereas Question implies general question or doubt.

    Query is a subset of Question.

  • user48193

    In general usage, I would say that when you have a query about something, you're not quite sure whether your question is a question or not, or what the actual question is, as distinct from those occasions when you know what the question is, but you don't know what the answer to it is. Someone may say something for instance, that you may feel the need to query, because you sense there's something about it that's not quite right, but you don't know precisely what it is.

  • aurora

    In situations like this and many others, I recommend you compare the etymology of the words, even if this "only" will give you the history of the words and not necessarily the current, modern meaning. There are so many words in English which have their roots in French, Latin etc. In the case of query vs question, they both seem to originate from the same meaning (in Latin):

    "question" is derived from Anglo-French questiun, Old French question question, "difficulty, problem; legal inquest, interrogation, torture" from Latin quaestionem (nominative quaestio) "a seeking, a questioning, inquiry, examining, judicial investigation" noun of action from past participle stem of quaerere "ask, seek".

    "query" originates in Latin quaere "ask," imperative of quaerere. (see above)

    My interpretation/guess: perhaps "question" is closer to the noun-form, while "query" is closer to the verb, even if both can be used as nouns/verbs.

  • RegDwigнt

    When you question something you are not always putting forth a query, but sometimes you are of polemical disposition.

    Questioning the authoritarian laws of the state.

    Whereas query invariably means an inquiry.

  • Gnawme

    A query is "a question that you ask because you want information or because you are not certain about something [Macmillan]."

    Oxford defines a query more specifically than a question; a question is

    a sentence worded or expressed so as to elicit information

    while a query is

    a question, especially one expressing doubt or requesting information [emphasis mine]

  • Seri

    They have distinct meanings in computer science as well.

    Whenever a computer sends a request for a small amount of information to another computer, it is a query, or a request when the amount of information is not small. For example, the ping command asks for a response of negligible length to confirm the existence of another computer; ping is a query. However, a computer asks for an entire file to be sent, it is described as a request.

    Question is used only when a computer requires human input. Synonyms here are input and prompt.