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  1. Newbie
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    transfer vs transmission

    Dear teacher,

    Are there any particular differences in meaning or connotation between "transfer (transfer)" and "tranmission (transmit)?"
    Which one of these is more suitable to describe "sending data/information?"
    Or both of them are interchangeable in that sense?
    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: transfer vs transmission

    Welcome, Korusan.

    That's a tricky question. First, how is the data being sent, over the Net, by radio wave, TV wave, etc. Second, how would you use Japanese: 伝える, with the kind of data you have in mind?

    Let us know. You've asked a very interesting question.
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    Re: transfer vs transmission

    Hi Casiopea-san,

    Thanks for trying to answer my question

    For your first question, I had "over the Net" in mind.

    For the second question, I am sorry but I couldn't get your question...
    I have always get confused with "transfer" and "transmission."
    My understanding is that both of them contains a common meaning, "sending something (data over the Net)."
    But I think they are different in that "transfer" should have 2 or more origin points from which data is sent over the Net. On the other hand, "trasmission" can have just one origin point at least. Is this correct??
    I would translate "transfer" into Japanese word:転送(する) and "transmission(transmit)" into Japanese word:伝送(する).

    My question is if I really get concerned about the difference I mentioned above. "transfer" and "transmission" can be interchangeable, meaning "sending any data through networks?"

    Hope the ambiguity of my question is somewhat eliminated...

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    Re: transfer vs transmission

    When you transfer something it changes location and/or ownership; When you transmit something it doesn't change ownership. It's shared information; e.g., radio and TV waves. If you're talking about the Internet, use "send" data or "foward" data, or even "transfer" data, as in, say, send a file from one place in your computer to another place in your computer.

    I'd stay away from "transmission" and "transmit". Unless, that is, you're, say, an engineer talking about waves.

    All the best.

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    Re: transfer vs transmission

    Thank you for your very clear explanations about the difference between "transfer" and "transmit."

    Yes, actually I'm talking about the technology of network communications (waves) via wires, cables, and Wi-Fi, etc. That's why I often encounter the term "transmit."

    Thanks again!

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