Don’t say: Telling lies is a very bad custom.

Say: Telling lies is a very bad habit.

Don’t say: The Japanese have some strange habits.

Say: The Japanese have some strange customs.

 

! A habit belongs to an individual, but a custom belongs to a society.

 

QUIZ:

Use habit or custom in these sentences.

  1. You should get into the _________ of exercising every morning.

  2. It’s the _________ of many Indian people to pray for rain.

  3. She has a bad _______ of smoking in bed.

  4. The _________ of showing hospitality to strangers is ancient.

  5. Smoking isn’t a good ________, is it?

 

KEY: 1. habit, 2. custom, 3. habit, 4. custom, 5. habit

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