We all know it's "admission fee" not "fare" and "bus fare" not "fee".
Is this something we just have to know?
Does anyone have a good explanation for students?

lesson/admission/tuition fee,
bus/train/air fare,

Are there cases where these two are interchangeable?

Apple
Original Post
Dictionaries define "fare" as the cost of transportation, on a bus, plane, or train or in a taxi, for example.

A "fee" is the amount paid for a professional service.

Here are definitions from the American Heritage Dictionary*:

fare: 1. A transportation charge, as for a bus.

fee: 1. A fixed sum charged, as by an institution or by law, for a privilege: a license fee; tuition fees. 2. A charge for professional services: a surgeon's fee.

I can't think of any examples in which "fee" and "fare" would be interchangeable. Perhaps some of our users can?
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Interestingly, the two words have different derivations. "Fare" derives from Old English "faer," meaning traveling, a journey or expedition. "Fee" comes from a variant of Old French "feu," which referred to an estate of land usually held in return for feudal service.**

Rachel
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* The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Houghton Mifflin Company 2003
**The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories. Oxford University Press. 2002

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