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desert island v. deserted island


desert island v. deserted island
Hi everyone!
I ´m about to start a new topic with my students about being lost on a desert/ deserted island....
is there  a difference between : desert / deserted island ? Which one would be more appropriate for my lesson?
Does ´desert ´ island imply no one has ever set foot on it and ´deserted ´, there used to be some people out there but not anymore???
thanks for helping ;-)
have a nice Sunday!

30 May 2010      


Exactly what you said!

30 May 2010     

United States

A deserted island doesn ´t mean that no one has set foot on it.  On the contrary - when you desert from something - you leave it.  Like deserting from the military.
So I would assume that a deserted island is one where no lives at the moment, but there could have been people there at one time.

You also have the word desolate - which is also a place no one lives.
I wonder if the Virgin islands were once like this?

regarding your question - you can be lost on a deserted island.

30 May 2010     


We say "Lost on a desert island"

A desert island or uninhabited island is an island that has yet to be (or is not currently) populated by humans. Uninhabited islands are often used in movies or stories about shipwrecked people, and are also used as stereotypes for the idea of "paradise". Some uninhabited islands are protected as nature preserves and some are privately owned.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


30 May 2010     


Thanks a lot for your help!

30 May 2010