I have a little question about when to use 'prize'
Prize and award are almost the same. Both are something that a person receives. An award is an honor given for distinction in service or in scholarship or other accomplishments. A prize can be given to honor a person like the Nobel prize, but a prize can also be given to the winner of a contest or a lottery (where luck, not achievement determines who gets the prize).
A prize can also be something that you get for free. Cereal for children sometimes comes with a prize in the package to entice children to ask their Mother to buy it for them.
A prize is given for a contest or a drawing. For example, the first place prize maight be a car, the second place prize might be a vacation, the third place prize might be a flat screen TV.
An award is a prize given for outstanding service or accomplishments.
The nobel prize is a prestigious award for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.
At charity events a door prize is often given out to encourage people to purchase a chance to win it, as a fund raiser.
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