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What is the primary difference between a rectifier and an inverter?

A a rectifier converts an AC input to DC while an inverter converts a DC input to AC
Explaination
A diode allows current to pass easily in one direction and blocks current in the other direction. Diodes are commonly used for rectification which is the conversion of alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC). Because a diode only allows current flow in one direction, it will pass either the upper or lower half of AC waves (half-wave rectification) creating pulsating DC. Multiple diodes can be connected together to utilize both halves of the AC signal in full-wave rectification.
B a rectifier strips out the DC portion of electricity while an inverter strips out the AC portion
C a rectifier converts a DC input to AC while an inverter converts an AC input to DC
D a rectifier strips out the AC portion of electricity while an inverter strips out the DC portion