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Are there differences in meaning of the words "skills", "abilities", and "talents" within the context of describing what a person can do?

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Please check definitions and usage examples. If you still have micro-level questions, do try ELL. –  Kris Jun 28 '13 at 6:37
meta: Whatever has happened to the GR option? –  Kris Jun 28 '13 at 6:38
@Kris It's under OT. –  Andrew Leach Jun 28 '13 at 8:20
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From my understanding:

  • skill — something learnt by putting in conscious effort
  • talent — something natural in a person (probably learnt unconsciously)
  • ability — capacity to do things (a measure of skill or talent)
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A basketball player can be skilled (experience and training) and/or talented (natural ability) to finish the game on behalf of his team (ability).

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