For example, I often "recall" or "reflect on" my schooldays. Is there any difference? If not, which one is more common?

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    You should consult a few online dictionaries and then ask the question if their definitions do not make the difference clear.
    – TimR
    Jun 11, 2015 at 18:52

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Recall means to remember a specific item of information from the past.

Reflect on means to think about an event or series of events that caused something, and learn from it or show devotion/respect to it.

  • Therefore, in my case, it seems "reflect on" is more appropriate, because there are many events happened in my schooldays. Is it right? Jun 12, 2015 at 14:28
  • I would say so.
    – LawrenceC
    Jun 12, 2015 at 14:33
  • Reflect (on): Learn from or regret/reminisce after something (especially an event) that you previously saw or experienced happened.
  • Recall: Remember something that you previously saw or experienced.

While they have almost the same meaning, 'Reflect' has a meaning of learn from while 'Recall' does not.


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