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    Hi.
    What's the difference between communications and communication? E.g, communication skills and communications skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Esme View Post
    Hi.
    What's the difference between communications and communication? E.g, communication skills and communications skills.
    These words can be used in several different ways; but for your specific example, "communication" refers to the act of transmitting information, while "communications" refers to a system, network, etc that lets such communication take place.

    A person with communication skills is good at expressing ideas so that others understand them.

    A person with communications skills is good at working with such systems as e-mail, telephones. television, etc.

    I'd suggest looking up "communication" at onelook.com and then reading the multiple definitions of both "communication" and "communications" in a number of the dictionaries they list, including American Heritage, Cambridge International, and Webster's New World College.
    ---- Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I'd suggest looking up "communication" at onelook.com and then reading the multiple definitions of both "communication" and "communications" in a number of the dictionaries they list, including American Heritage, Cambridge International, and Webster's New World College.
    Thanks, Pete! That helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    These words can be used in several different ways; but for your specific example, "communication" refers to the act of transmitting information, while "communications" refers to a system, network, etc that lets such communication take place.

    A person with communication skills is good at expressing ideas so that others understand them.

    A person with communications skills is good at working with such systems as e-mail, telephones. television, etc.

    I'd suggest looking up "communication" at onelook.com and then reading the multiple definitions of both "communication" and "communications" in a number of the dictionaries they list, including American Heritage, Cambridge International, and Webster's New World College.
    Thanks, Pete. I've been looking for some examples of use for Esme. Here are a few I found.
    Commmunication (noun) used as an adjective: communication skills, communication systems, communication research, communication programs..

    Communication (singular, noun) with an adjective: oral communication, non-verbal communication, public communication, internal communication, technical communication.

    Communications (plural noun) used to identify a category: communications jobs, communications classes.
    (Sometimes capitalized): Communications studies, Communications Department,

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