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22:36 Aug 29, 2001
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering
English term or phrase: computer / computing skills
Which of the two sounds better? Computer skills or computing skills? Do they mean the same? Is either of them right or wrong?
Thanks in advance
Paula Serrano
Argentina
Local time: 15:13
English translation:computer skills
Explanation:
Computing is what computers do - they perform calculations. So unless you mean to say that someone is highly skilled in solving mathematical problems, don't use the expression "computing sills."
"Computer skills" (skills related to operating computers and using different computer programs) is the correct answer.

You could also say "computer experience," if this is on a resume.
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Joanna Kwiatowska
Poland
Local time: 19:13
Grading comment
This seems to be the most accepted term. Thanks to everyone!
3 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
na +1computer skills
Joanna Kwiatowska
na"Computer skills" is more generic and more commonly used.Fuad Yahya
nadepend on the purposekurnia
naDifferent emphasis
Sven Petersson


  

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12 mins peer agreement (net): +1
computer skills


Explanation:
Computing is what computers do - they perform calculations. So unless you mean to say that someone is highly skilled in solving mathematical problems, don't use the expression "computing sills."
"Computer skills" (skills related to operating computers and using different computer programs) is the correct answer.

You could also say "computer experience," if this is on a resume.

Joanna Kwiatowska
Poland
Local time: 19:13
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PolishPolish
PRO pts in pair: 4
Grading comment
This seems to be the most accepted term. Thanks to everyone!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Martina Ley
1 hr
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12 mins
depend on the purpose


Explanation:
I guess both computer skills and computing skills are correct, depend on your purpose. Computer skills means the skills about computer aplication, and computing skills means the skills to compute, and have no relation with computer. Computer itself was mean machine to compute.
I hope this could help.

kurnia
Native speaker of: Native in IndonesianIndonesian
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14 mins
Different emphasis


Explanation:
Computing skill = Skill in processing information, i.e. in using (computer) applications. Software emphasis.

Computer skill = Skill in computer technology, i.e. in using, maintaining, installing and perhaps even in building computers. Hardware emphasis.


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Sven Petersson
Sweden
Local time: 19:13
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 156
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1 day 23 hrs
"Computer skills" is more generic and more commonly used.


Explanation:
The skills associated with the use of computers are most commonly called "computer skills." Our new secretary is computer-savvy. She knows how back up files, trouble-shoot application errors, create fancy e-mail, customize installation of software, upgrade hardware, etc. She has a lot of "computer skills."

On the other hand, "Computing" tends to be used by techies, and typically refers to what computers actually do. One speaks of the "evolving computing needs of this organization," or the "combined computing power of a network," or the "computing challenge that our expansin will create," or "new computing technologies."

The term is less used in the context of skills, although I can imagine someone speaking of skills in dealing with "computing problems or issues." It would not be wrong to say, "computing skills;" it would introduce an emphasis that in most situations would be somewhat odd, but that may be appropriate in some contexts, as when we attribute such skills to a developer, for instance.

Fuad

Fuad Yahya
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 893
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