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What is the difference between suspect (adjective) and suspicious (adjective)? Options
Hemant Patel 1
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:11:12 PM

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a suspicious or suspect package.
a suspicious or suspect mole.
a suspicious person or suspect person.
sureshot
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 12:27:29 AM
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Hemant Patel 1 wrote:


1. a suspicious or suspect package.
2. a suspicious or suspect mole.
3. a suspicious person or suspect person.


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1. a suspicious or suspect package: Both are possible

2. a suspicious or suspect mole: Both are possible

3. a suspicious person or suspect person: The phrase "a suspicious person" is correct. However, I would prefer to use "suspect" as a noun in the latter phrase and say "That person/he is a suspect"
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019 4:09:12 AM

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A suspicious person or a suspect person.

When I think of a suspicious person I would mean someone that I am unsure of or mistrust for some reason but with no specific cause. They may be trying to hide their face, giving people sideways glances etc.

A person that is a suspect is a person that is thought to have have been responsible for a specific act a crime for example, it’s not the same general sense of mistrust for no specific reason.
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