# Cemetery vs. Graveyard

Have you ever thought to yourself about why we have several words for where we place the dead? Well, in this lesson, I'm gonna tell you why.

## What Is Their Main Difference?

The two of them refer to the place we bury the dead. However, a 'cemetery' is a bit distant from the city whereas, a 'graveyard' is much older and is close to a church.

## Differences

As stated above, a 'graveyard' is much older than a 'cemetery' and it is close to a church. Back in the old days, it was a tradition to bury the dead, especially the nobles and the aristocracy, close to a church. Look below:

Money plays an important role in everything, even which graveyard to be buried.

What if there are no graveyards left?

A 'cemetery', on the other hand, is far away from the city and is not close to a church. Check out the following examples:

I saw a young girl wearing black walking in the cemetery.

Why do I always sense a cold wind blowing in the cemetery?

## Similarities

Both of them refer to a place where the dead are buried. Examine the following examples:

I think we will run out of cemeteries soon.

I never understand why people go to a graveyard and talk to a stone when they can feel the presence of their beloved at home?

### Are They Interchangeable?

These two words are mainly interchangeable. Compare:

✓ They mayor delivered a speech on the death of the innocent people at the cemetery.

✓ They mayor delivered a speech on the death of the innocent people at the graveyard.

As you can see, they are both the same.

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