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What is the difference between 'simular' and 'similar'?

What is the difference between 'simular' and 'similar'?

The words simular and similar are often confused because of their similar spelling. We'll help you to understand the difference.

Similar means having traits or characteristics in common; alike, comparable when used as an adjective.

Simular means false; specious; counterfeit when used as an adjective.

A good way to remember the difference is SimUlar is something that is simUlated.

Out of the two words, 'similar' is the most common. It appears about 11355 times more frequently than 'simular'.

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Simular vs Similar

It's easy to confuse words with similar spellings, like similar and simular. But these words have very different meanings.

Similar is an adjective that means "alike, having traits in common."

**Simular can be an adjective that means "fake, simulated, or counterfeit." It can also be a noun that means "a person or thing that simulates, pretender."

Should it be 'similar to those of' or 'simular to those of'?

The correct expression is 'similar to those of'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Which is right 'similar to that of' or 'simular to that of'?

The correct expression is 'similar to that of'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

What's the right phrase 'are similar to those' or 'are simular to those'?

The right phrase is 'are similar to those'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use 'very similar to those' or 'very simular to those'?

The correct phrase is 'very similar to those'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Is the phrase 'is similar to the' or 'is simular to the'?

The correct phrase is 'is similar to the'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Some synonyms of similar are: synonymous , same, replaceable , twin, like.

Some synonyms of simular are: pretender, simulated, fake, counterfeit, false.

The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of simularDictionary Definition of similar

Examples of similar in a sentence

As soon as he had done so, he remembered dumping a couple of similar e-mails two days earlier.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
The names were too similar for there to be any mistake.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
The two girls beside her had on similar boots.
- Villain by Shūichi Yoshida; Philip Gabriel
Well, this is similar to when he taps your knee with a rubber mallet.
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
A. They were similar cuts, rectangular in shape.
- The Singing of the Dead by Dana Stabenow

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