Can anyone explain what the difference between status and state is when I talk about the condition or situation of an object?
Here’s what I got from Longman English Dictionary.
status: a situation at a particular time, especially in an argument,
state: the physical or mental condition that someone or something is
For example, how do you interpret these two sentences:
What is the current status of this project?
What is the current state of this project?
A hotel room might have a status of standard, de-luxe or honeymoon-suite.
That same room may have a state of being dishevelled or clean.
A project progresses through a series of predefined stages. Its status tells you where it is in that series. Its state might be in disarray or on target regardless of status.
In considering this I asked myself two questions: What is the status of X? What sort of state is X in?
In reality, I suspect there is considerable overlap in the usage of state and status.