Is there any difference between the phrase 'In this respect' and 'In this aspect' in writing?

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The key difference is the metaphor involved. Architect's drawings show different aspects of a building, i.e., the building seen from different positions, or aspects.

Respect, when usually preceded by in, is used to refer to a particular detail or point.

The effect of the two phrases generally adds up to the same thing, i.e., from this point of view. However I would say that the frequency of use of in this respect is greater among native speakers than in this aspect, which I have never used myself. If in doubt as a non-native speaker I would always use in this respect.

Aspect comes into its own in phrases such as let's look at the different aspects of the problem. We cannot say let's look at the different respects of the problem.


"In this aspect" is a misuse of a combination of "in this respect" and "from this aspect". "In this aspect" has no meaning and should not be used.

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    Welcome to ELL and thank you for answering. However, there are many contexts in which "In this aspect" would be a perfectly normal and acceptable usage. When you answer, you will help the questioner if you provide sources and explain your answer. We are here to help the questioners, not to correct them. Commented Jul 27, 2016 at 20:15

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