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Old 06-22-2012, 11:42 AM
dolphinboy dolphinboy is online now
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Ability versus Capability

Is there a difference between these two words? Their definitions are pretty similar, but I might be missing a subtle difference.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:53 AM
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Yes. there is a difference, in the noun form. I have the capability to knit -- that is to say, I possess two hands and the mental intelligence to learn plus some yarn and knitting needles -- but I have little ability at knitting, which is to say "I'm not good at it." With practice, I can improve my ability. My capablility will not change.

In adjectival form, I think the difference is less.
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