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  1. They expressed its stance for the Copenhagen Accord.
  2. They expressed its stand for the Copenhagen Accord.

My question is whether stance and stand are exchangable in this context.

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In this sort of context stand and stance are not interchangeable.

Your stand for something expresses your active support of it. (Active opposition to it would be expressed as a stand against it.)

Your stance toward something expresses your attitude toward it, which may be positive or negative.

Stance for is encountered only where stance = "physical posture" — for instance, the proper stance for a drive in golf.

  • You mean only "express one's stand for something" is legitimate? "express one's stance for" does not make sense, right? @stoneyB – Mike Philip Jan 3 at 12:39
  • @MikePhilip You got it. – StoneyB Jan 3 at 13:24

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