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Post time 2008-11-20 19:58:30 |Display all floors
both the two words have meanings of "to become a member of ",but why we say enter the WTO.not join the wto.

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Post time 2008-11-20 20:32:48 |Display all floors
  “join“和”enter“都没问题,区别可能是前者强调”扎堆“,而后者强调“遵循别人的游戏规则后才能扎堆”。不是你想扎堆就扎堆的,比如选天子,你就只能干瞪眼^)^

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Post time 2008-11-20 22:28:50 |Display all floors
就加入WTO来说,用 enter、join 都可以,意思也相同。

但在别的情况下,这两个词的用法不一定可以互换。

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Post time 2008-11-21 07:51:21 |Display all floors
You have asked an excellent question!
This is where a dictionary can help give us a better idea of how words are used.

Here are some definitions for "enter" as a verb (with object)....
1. to become a member of
2. to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc
3. to make a beginning of or in, or begin upon; engage or become involved in
4. to participate in; engage in. (as a verb phrase).

Here are some definitions for "join" as a verb (with object)....
1. to become a member of
2. to participate with (someone) in some act or activity
3. to come into the company of; meet or accompany

When we look at these two words, they do seem to mean the same thing. However, we see a difference as well. The difference is for "enter" under 2. "to cause to be admitted, as into a school, competition, etc".

In the case of the original question, we are talking about the WTO. The main issue with the WTO is that to become a member, you must pass certain criteria. To go to a specific school, you must meet certain criteria. (then you are "entered").

In opposition, lets take a different group, for example a local English club. While one could say the members might invite people to become a member, there are no specific criteria that a person has to meet to become a member. (wanting to learn English is the purpose, not a criteria). The group might or might not have rules about being a member, but the joining is decided by the member who wishes to join. Usually joining a group is self defining by the nature of the group, a hiking club, book club, volunteer groups, etc.

Can you interchange the words "enter" and "join"? Yes, often you can and most people will understand what you mean, although it might not convey the correct meaning desired.

For example...
"China entered the WTO in 2001".
"China joined the WTO in 2001".
In the first sentence, China becomes a member. In the second sentence, China takes the action to meet the criteria to become a member.


How about this...
"Today I joined the English club at school".
"Today I entered the English club at school".
Does it make sense why the second sentence does not work? The second sentence structure make it sound as if you walked into a room. ("enter" define "as to come or go into").

How about this...
"I entered the bicycle race".
"I joined the bicycle race".
Can you see why the second sentence does not work? The second sentence structure make seem that the race was happening, and you simply started riding your bicycle with them. ("join" defined as "to take part with others").

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