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    "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    Hi,

    What's the difference between "skilled in" and "skilled at"?
    And which usage is more natural/common?

    Many thanks
    Newbie


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    #2

    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    It is just optional.

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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,

    What's the difference between "skilled in" and "skilled at"?
    And which usage is more natural/common?

    Many thanks
    Newbie
    There are no strict rules but tendency to use "skilled at doing something" and "skilled in something (in a field)".
    He is skilled in diplomacy.
    He is an experienced diplomat skilled at revealing little.

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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    There are no strict rules but tendency to use "skilled at doing something" and "skilled in something (in a field)".
    He is skilled in diplomacy.
    He is an experienced diplomat skilled at revealing little.
    I agree.


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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    He is an experienced diplomat skilled at revealing little.
    => Excuse me but I don't understand this sentence very clearly. What does it mean "revealing little"?

    Many thanks
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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

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    => Excuse me but I don't understand this sentence very clearly. What does it mean "revealing little"?

    Many thanks
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    Say 'What does "revealing little" mean?'
    It means not giving out much information.


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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    Say 'What does "revealing little" mean?'
    Thanks a lot, 2006. Actually I've heard people say "what does it mean X" for many times, and so I myself also use it very often (no teacher objects to it so far). Now I just want to ask this: Is the use of "what does X mean" more formal than "what does it mean X"?

    Many thanks once again.
    Newbie.

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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Now I just want to ask this: Is the use of
    "what does X mean"

    "what does it mean X"?

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    #9

    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    "What does it mean by X?" is OK, I think.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: "skilled in" vs "skilled at"

    not a teacher nor native speaker

    What does it mean by X? is not OK
    What do you mean by X? is OK
    X - what does it mean? is OK

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