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  1. Farbauti's Avatar
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    #1

    "Skills" vs "abilities"

    Hello Forum,

    is the phrase

    "I must perpetually evolve my English abilities"

    equivalent or very similar to the phrase

    "I must continuously improve my English skills"

    ?

    Besides grammatic - do that phrases sound natural, especially the verbs?

    Thanks for help

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    Re: "Skills" vs "abilities"

    The first is not natural. We don't tend to use "perpetually" to refer to the future, nor do we "evolve" things. Things evolve. We can help them to evolve. "Abilities" and "skills" are interchangeable here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "Skills" vs "abilities"

    With languages, skills is commonly used.

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    #4

    Re: "Skills" vs "abilities"

    I sometimes see "English proficiency".

    Not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: "Skills" vs "abilities"

    Perhaps, "develop" or "cultivate", or even "hone" (one's skills), would work here.

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