Please read the following sentences.

  1. He deliberately did that.

  2. He did that on purpose.

What's the difference ?

Could you give me any more examples which will clarify where to use these words ?

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    Note that you can say "He did that deliberately" but not *"He on purpose did that". – snailcar Oct 25 '14 at 10:01
  • They mean the same in this context. You can also say "He didn't do that on purpose". He did it, but not on purpose. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 25 '14 at 11:31

Deliberately and on purpose can be used interchangeably to mean "intentionally".

But deliberate (adj) and deliberately (adv) also mean "done with care, methodically."

He made the sandwich very deliberately, carefully covering the bread with a layer of peanut butter and then evenly applying the jelly.

  • Isn't "carefully" redundant if you have "deliberately" before it? – Andy Oct 29 '15 at 22:45
  • What do you mean by "redundant"? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 30 '15 at 11:16
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    @Andy, carefully is not redundant. Deliberately modifies "made" and carefully modifies "covering" – eques Aug 16 '16 at 22:40
  • @eques That's being a bit pedantic; remove either of those words from the sentence and its meaning would remain unchanged. – Andy Aug 17 '16 at 19:18
  • Deliberately might mean in a particular order or manner, e.g. peanut butter on one piece of bread, jelly on the other, and carefully could mean taking care to keep the layers even and not too close to the edge of the bread. The words do not have identical meanings. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 17 '16 at 20:29

So I think I understood the difference.

An example: If something which happened accidentally and I want to take credit for it or I wouldn't like it to be called as an accident, then I will use 'deliberately'. E.g.,

In a game of cricket, I played a shot which by fluke comes off well, but as I wouldn't like it to be called as a fluke then I will say -

No, that shot didn't come off by fluke but I deliberately played it that way.

I suppose in this example 'on purpose' is not possible or is it?

  • Sure it is. I shot it so it would bounce off my forehead on purpose. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 25 '14 at 16:06

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