What is the difference between common names and scientific names?

Common name is the name that is frequently used for a particular thing and is based on the normal language of everyday life. Common names are written free handedly.
Scientific name is the name that is used by the scientists and it consists of two parts- genus and species. Scientific names is written in italics.

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Common name is what the everyday person calls something; the scientific name is what scientists sometimes call something to differentiate it from other things in the same group/family/section. For example, acetic and formic acids (the active chemicals in vinegar and ant/bee stings) are scientifically named ethanoic and methanoic acids.

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scientists use scientific names and normally people use common names

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