90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
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Electric describes things that use electricity to make them work: an electric iron/shaver/guitar
Electrical is used in more technical contexts when referring to the manufacture or use of electricity: an electrical fault ♦ electrical wiring ♦ an electrical engineer
Electrical is also used with general nouns when referring to things that are powered by electricity: electrical equipment ♦ an electrical appliance
Electronic describes equipment and systems that use computer chips, transistors, and similar very small parts: The store sells computers, MP3 players, and other electronic products. ♦ an electronic surveillance system.