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I want to tell a person that you can't accept two different concepts at one time because one suggests you to be A and the other suggests you to be B.

Can I simply say "The two concepts are contradiction(s)" or "The two concepts are a pair of contradiction(s)"?

Thanks

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You should say:

The two concepts are contradictory.

contradictory sense 1:

adjective
1) involving a contradiction; inconsistent (also ) ˌcontraˈdictive

The example sentences should be helpful.

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  • thanks, just wondering, what does sense mean in your sense 1? – AGamePlayer Feb 16 '15 at 1:23
  • It means the definition number listed on the linked dictionary page. – user3169 Feb 16 '15 at 1:24
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    You could also say "The two concepts contradict each other." – WhatRoughBeast Feb 16 '15 at 2:08
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    the two of them together make one contradiction, not a pair. – Brian Hitchcock Feb 16 '15 at 2:21
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    +1. To be even more explicit, you can say that they are mutually contradictory (meaning that each one contradicts the other). – ruakh Feb 16 '15 at 7:02

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