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    He,

    I need to differentiate the following expressions:
    - packaging
    - packing
    - package

    Which of them means the enclosure of a product and which of them the final packed unit?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    He,
    I need to differentiate the following expressions:
    - packaging the enclosure of a product
    - packing
    - package the final packed unit
    Which of them means the enclosure of a product and which of them the final packed unit?
    Thank you very much.
    Hanka
    The second one can be a gerund or a participle, as you'd expect:

    You'll need some help with packing
    I was just packing when you called


    I've heard 'packing' used to refer to one element of the packaging (say, the cardboard, or the expanded polystyrene), but not that often - in most cases I'd stick to 'packaging' (when you're talking about packaging!)

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    The final packaged product that is ready for shipping or mailing or whatever is called a "package." "Packaging" can be either a verb meaning the act of putting the product and its components into the box ("I work in the shipping department, so I spend my days packaging nuts and bolts.") It can also be used as a noun to describe the materials used to package the item ("I found the bill of lading, it was at the bottom of the box mixed in with the packaging.") "Packing" can be used in the same two ways as "packaging."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    ... ("I work in the shipping department, so I spend my days packaging nuts and bolts.") ...
    I wouldn't expect to hear this much in BE; other BE speakers may disagree though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I wouldn't expect to hear this much in BE; other BE speakers may disagree though.
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    I've probably should've clarified that it was AmE usage, sorry.

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