Is there any difference between below pair sentences ?

  1. He was suspended for his role in a sordid affair.

  2. He was suspended for his part in a sordid affair.

  3. It has a key role in X process.

  4. It has a key part in Y process.

I know, we usually use patterns like "play + role" and "take + part". Is there any significant point that we must be aware of it.

  • One can also "play the part", it's not unheard of in the theatre or moving pictures. – Victor Bazarov Aug 21 '15 at 21:05

I'm afraid there is no long answer here - no, there is no difference between the two sentences for each example. They can both be used with the exact same meaning

  • It is unbelievable. As far as I know, there is always an exception .. :). BTW, thanks – Cardinal Aug 21 '15 at 20:41
  • No exceptions with this one as hard as it may be to believe. If I was going to be picky, you might typically say 4 instead of 3, but there is still no difference between them. 1 and 2 are completely the same and would both be used equally – Blackpool Towr Aug 21 '15 at 20:45

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