1. "an economy condition" or "condition of economy"
  2. "an economic condition"

Could anyone please through some vivid examples show me what is the subtle difference between the two?

  • Did you try to do an internet search for "economy condition"? How many examples did you find? Probably very few. We do not say 'economy condition.' This is because we use the adjective 'economic'.
    – user6951
    May 7, 2015 at 22:14

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The question is a bit vague, but the syntax (word structure) can reveal the meaning; usage of economy in a prepositional phrase of the economy is subtly different than the use as an adjective economic.

In saying

a/the condition of the economy

the meaning of condition is closer to status:

How is the economy doing? = What is the condition of the economy? = What is its status?

On the other hand, referring to

an economic condition

might mean something that is dependent on the economy. Someone might say:

In making a contract with another company, I emphasized the importance of our economic condition.

That might be a stretch, though. In general, I would say those two things can be taken to mean the exact same thing.


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