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Elementary vs Elemental

Elementary, elemental are often confused.

Something is elementary which pertains to rudiments or beginnings; something is elemental which pertains to the elements, especially to the ultimate and basic constituents or forces.

  • an elementary English course
  • a book for elementary students
  • at an elementary level

  • an elemental truth
  • he elemental life they would be living in this new colony
  • elemental needs/desires/feelings