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Difference Between Knowledge and Skill

skillsTwo words that describe a person’s competence ‘“ knowledge and skill! At first glance, both of them seem synonymous but give it some thought and you would realize both of them are very different concepts.

Knowledge refers to learning concepts, principles and information regarding a particular subject(s) by a person through books, media, encyclopedias, academic institutions and other sources. Skill refers to the ability of using that information and applying it in a context. In other words, knowledge refers to theory and skill refers to successfully applying that theory in practice and getting expected results. For instance, a sales person armed with an MBA degree may have learned all the principles of marketing and selling in his business school. Going forward, in his work he would know more about his company, in the arena of its product line, target market, competitors etc. All the above is knowledge. Transferring this knowledge to create a successful sales strategy and pitch and achieving those sales targets is the sales person’s skill.

Trial and error methods are a great way of adding to your skills. Sometimes, certain skills are inherent in a person. For instance, some people are born carpenters. But skills can take a person only to a certain level. To move ahead, it is necessary that a person has the requisite knowledge as well. For instance, while a person may have a good hand in carpentry, acquiring an engineering degree can do wonders for the person’s skills. In the same manner, some people may have theoretical knowledge but may just not be able to use it while performing a task.

From a philosophical perspective, knowledge is intangible but skills can be made tangible by applying those skills to a context and getting the desired result.

Also, theoretical knowledge can be shared with other people. Some skills can never be transferred to other people. For instance, a good car mechanic may immediately know a problem with the car because of the intuitiveness he or she has built over years of repairing different cars. The same car mechanic may not be able to develop this intuitiveness in his apprentice.

1.Knowledge refers to theoretical information acquired about any subject whereas skills refer to practical application of that knowledge
2.Knowledge can be learned whereas skills require practical exposure and can also be in-born
3.Ultimately, both knowledge and skill are required to master a field of study

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  2. Sorry, but there is no such word as “learnt”.

    To learn something is by way of learning it, having spent the time to learn it it is a thing learned. Not all words are tensed the same way:

    Learn – Learning – Learned

    Spell – Spelling – Spelled

    Spend – Spending – Spent

    Hang – Hanging – Hung (Hanged is completely different)

    • Please, check your English tenses very well. The word, learnt exists, and was very correctly used in the statement. I have my doubts about your qualifications in this concern, as to be making such erroneous observations. I find it necessary to post this, since your post is highly misleading, and would have misled a lot of people already.

    • You clearly are unaware of the differences between British English and American English.

      And while we are at it, since you want to delve deep, “tense” is not a transitive verb meaning “to form a tense of”. It is not correct to say “not all verbs are tensed the same way”. If you must say it, you should say “Not all verb tenses are formed the same way.

      And “hanged” and “hung” are both correct. The former is generally preferred for the past tense and past participle of “hang” when the meaning refers to killing by means of a rope around the neck.

  3. i liked your article

  4. A knowledge full person may not be succeed but a skillful person will definitely get success in his life
    so.. apart from increasing knowledge try 2 increase skill 🙂

  5. Thanks for approving the word “learnt” I was almost about to be mislead, thanks also for additional vocabulary of “Hung”. Appreciating to know different between Knowledge as it is focused on Theory, and Acquired while Skills is about how you apply the acquired knowledge

  6. The article is interesting and well-organized. It could be made better by minimal editing and proof-reading. The last sentence, for example, should read: “Both… are required”. Very probably, it should also finish: “… required for you (or anyone) to master….”. Some food for thought.

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  8. Knowledge is both experiential as well as observational whereas skills are always experiential or explored by self. Knowledge has no degree like average, poor or excellent. It can only be correct or incorrect or it may be appropriate or inappropriate. But skills may be of poor, average or excellent levels. Respectively.


  10. Knowledge refers to learning concept,
    Skill refers to the ability of using that information n applying it in a context.
    So both is important..

    If v apply knowledge n skills in life means the person can succeed in life….

  11. I think defination of anything is designed by any one on their perspective and deeper experience.
    As far as I observe the meaning of “knowledge ” is discovered by one and “skill ” is developed by one with proper practice and training. For instance language and mathematical calculations are learnt , clearly that is said to be skill. But the science behind the natural phenomena is knowledge.

  12. Well written and it was just what I needed. Thanks

  13. The article is very useful .

  14. An interesting article .I am benefited with the article .

  15. Nice..good notes


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