Standard x Pattern: Qual a diferença?

Avatar do usuário Junior Lucas 140 3
I granted that It's difficult to decide which of the two above choose to say "padrão" in portuguese, because if, on one hand, you can say "Standards of living" on the other hand, you shouldn't say "Standards of consumption" but you must say "Consumption patterns", so It's really difficult to me to distinguish the usage of both words, as it is for some couple of words on account of wich sometimes I create a topic in this amazing and enriching forum, so here are some examples

'higher standards or patterns of service in hospitals?"

"Patterns or standards of employment in urban areas are different from those in the countryside"

I hope you guys to forgive my ignorance, thank you!

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Avatar do usuário PPAULO 39755 6 32 695
Standards is often used in the sense of "padrão de qualidade", that is, when it have to do with quality. Or other "padrão" of something, for example "standard of living..."

See some sentences:
http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/standard


Pattern seems like varying more, please see:
http://sentence.yourdictionary.com/pattern


It might have the sense of "padrão/modelo/motivo (figuras, em moda etc)/modelo/desenho/amostra/algo típico de, ou usual - característico/perfil etc.

And it might even mean "padrão" in the same sense of the above "standard".
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Avatar do usuário Junior Lucas 140 3
In many cases It's just a matter of observing the usages :) Thank you for the help!
Avatar do usuário Henry Cunha 9970 2 17 177
Your examples:

'higher standards or patterns of service in hospitals?"

"Patterns or standards of employment in urban areas are different from those in the countryside"
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You can speak of a 'higher' or 'lower' standard of service, but 'pattern of service' fits better with 'simple', 'complex', etc. Standard implies a quantifiable measure; pattern suggests a descriptive set of attributes.

A 'pattern of employment' likewise suggests a picture of employment types, while 'standard of employment' suggests a level given as an average (highly skilled, univeristy-level, etc.) Both terms have their uses in this case.