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What is the difference between gasoline and petrol?

What is the difference between gasoline and petrol?

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S. Hughes

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Answered Feb 12, 2021

They both are gotten from the same mineral soil. Gasoline and petrol actually mean the same thing. They are a product of crude oil or petroleum. The difference is they are used differently by different countries.

Gasoline is mainly used in countries like United States and Latin countries while the term petrol is used in Europe and Asian. Gasoline is used for fuel used for automobiles. The word was first used in North America in 1864. In Britain the term gasoline is use for different types of kerosene used for lamps while gasoline

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T. Lopez

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T. Lopez, Biology student, Graduation, Detroit

Answered Jan 21, 2021


Between gasoline and petrol, there is no difference between them. These words can be used interchangeably to refer to an internal combustion engine. Most times, people in countries like the United States and Canada use the word gas. This is short for the long form word which is gasoline. This is used in vehicles that require fuel and also used in lawnmowers, which are used to cut grass.

The word petrol is used in other parts of the world, such as India, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Many words have interchangeable types, depending on where it is being used. In the United States, citizens call sliced potatoes that are fried French fries. In the United Kingdom, they are called chips.

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B. Mary

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Answered Jan 18, 2021

The difference between gasoline and petrol is the name; however, they are different names for the same product. The word petrol is used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India, and the word gasoline is used in the United States. Gasoline and petrol are obtained from petroleum, and they are both a flammable liquid combination of hydrocarbons, mainly hexane, heptane, and octane. They were used as fuel for the internal combustion engine.

Beginning as crude oil, which has been gathered from the earth by drilling and then sent to the refinery. The heat is used to separate the different products at their boiling points. The oil is then sent for distillation, and heat is again applied, causing a chemical reaction. Additional products are made depending upon how long the chains of hydrocarbons are. Petrol contains a mix of paraffin, naphthene, aromatics, and olefins, whereas gasoline is very volatile and is blended with butane to have more control.

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D. gray, Builder, Builder, Las Vegas

Answered Jan 14, 2021

One thing that you should know is that gasoline and petrol both come from mineral oil. Other than that, there are some differences that would separate one from the other. Their usage is a bit different. For example, you would use the term “gasoline” when you are in Britain for different types of kerosene that can be used for lamps.

You would use the term “gasoline” in the United States for the type of gas that you would be loading into your vehicle so that it will be able to take you to different places. When you say “petrol,” you are referring to something that is very standard or generic. Like all gasoline, products are considered as petrol.

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C. Perez

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Answered Jan 12, 2021

Gasoline and petrol are both the same, as they are essentially referring to the same substance. Gasoline or petrol is one of the by-products during the refining of crude oil. It is a flammable liquid that consists of refined hydrocarbons.

In the past, most especially in some countries, gasoline was referred to as kerosene (one of the by-products of crude oil used as lamp oil). In other parts of the world, especially in the United States, the word gasoline is used mainly as a motor fuel. This means you can refer to any motor fuel as gasoline.

The word petrol is similar to gasoline, but it was formed mainly to be used as a brand name. Gasoline is an older word compared to petrol. The word petrol seems like the short form of petroleum, and it is commonly used in countries like the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, New Guinea, and other places.

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F. Ray

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F. Ray, Student, Kansas City

Answered Oct 31, 2018

Some may try to rack up different definitions for the two but it can be hard to do because they mean the same thing. The main difference between fuel and petrol is where these terms are used. Petrol is known to be used in the UK. It is also used in India.

Some may try to rack up different definitions for the two but it can be hard to do because they
The United States of America, as well as its constituents, are more familiar with this item as gasoline. They usually call it gas for short. In the country where you are from, do you call the item petrol or gasoline? There is no wrong answer. What matters is that you already know that they are not different from each other.

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C. Reyes

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Answered May 15, 2018

There really is no difference between gasoline and petrol. Both words refer to the same thing which is the fuel that is used in an internal combustion engine. In the United States and Canada, people use the word gas as a shortened name for gasoline, which is used to fuel cars, lawnmowers and other things.

There really is no difference between gasoline and petrol. Both words refer to the same thing which
In the United Kingdom, India, Ireland, and probably other parts of the world, people use the word petrol. There are many examples of items called by two different words. For example, slices of raw potatoes that are deep fried are called French fries in the US but in the UK they are called chips.

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