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My dictionary says they are both cure/fix, so I am wondering what the difference is and how to use them?

Is it an active/passive difference, or transitive/intransitive? Or just a subtle nuance? I couldn't find a good example of usage.

I found this question, but it just refers to the different kanji, not the different words.

Thanks

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治す is transitive.

傷を治す
to heal a wound

ほとんどの病気は薬を使わずに治すことができる。
Most ailments can be cured without medicine.

治る is intransitive.

風邪が治った
my cold got better

傷が治らないので、私はまた病院に行った。
My wound did not heal, so I visited the hospital again.

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Thanks very much. It answers my question perfectly. –  DaleyPaley Aug 7 '13 at 6:30
    
@DaleyPaley: The key (if not clear from the answer) is that 治す takes a subject marked with , meaning healing/fixing that thing, while 治る uses and means the thing itself is fixed/healed. –  istrasci Aug 7 '13 at 14:22

transitive/intransitive difference.

風邪 治す。
I'll cure my cold.

風邪 治る。
my cold will be cured.

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Cheers, I appreciate the answer –  DaleyPaley Aug 7 '13 at 6:31

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