Writing for Business

Nov 9 2017   8:21PM GMT

Economic vs. Economical – Which is correct?

Kaitlin Herbert Kaitlin Herbert Profile: Kaitlin Herbert


Bringing in all-flash for primary storage adds a faster system that can provide greater __________ value for the company.

a. economical
b. economic



Answer: B

While both are adjectives and have the same meaning, economic and economical are not synonyms. Economic describes something that related to the economy or finances, while economical describes something that saves money or is not wasteful.

For the sentence above, economic is the correct choice because it’s describing the financial value gained by the company. Conversely, you could say bringing in all-flash for primary storage is economical because it saves money.

A good example to remember: Under tight economic conditions, my decision to buy a used car was economical.

The adverb for both adjectives is economically.

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  • Gliese581Envoy
    Thank you for including this explanation in the Writing tips. I understood it as an example, but only just barely and this is the way it works sometimes. We know the answer upon seeing it, but unless a job requires "wordsmithery" on a daily basis, the more common vernacular is wordy and effluent. (Yes, I meant that last word!)
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