I am writing a text in English and unfortunately word "use" is used very often (like in this statement:) ).

So I decided to replace it with other words where it is possible.

For example there is such expression in the text (it is about programming)

to demonstrate his skill to use loops

Could it be replaced with the following expression?

to demonstrate his skill to manage loops.

Do they have the same or at least close meanings?

  • They're close, but not identical. Look ip definition for "manage". It's not as wide and varied as definition for "use". By the way, I would say "skill IN {using/managing} loops" – Brian Hitchcock Mar 4 '15 at 8:22
  • @Brian Hitchcock Does manage means in this context the ability to write loops without assistance? That is that the programmer demonstrates his solid skiils in using loops? – Vlad from Moscow Mar 4 '15 at 8:28
  • not sure. Writing loops seems different from "managing" or "using" loops. You "manage" or " use" something that already exists. If you want to emphasize ability to create them properly, why not say "write"? – Brian Hitchcock Mar 4 '15 at 9:12
  • @Brian Hitchcock I want to express the idea that he not only knows how to write loops in general but also is able to build an appropriate loop for a particular task.:) – Vlad from Moscow Mar 4 '15 at 9:23

They are not identical. Why not go with "to demonstrate his skills in creating and manipulating loops".

  • It is a good idea and I asked exactly whether manage can be a synonim for creating and manipulatings loops can it? – Vlad from Moscow Mar 4 '15 at 15:55
  • Nope...manage would exclude the creating part – zen Mar 4 '15 at 16:12
  • Does not manipulating of loops include creating of loops? – Vlad from Moscow Mar 4 '15 at 16:19
  • You are right!! Just manipulate should also work. – zen Mar 4 '15 at 17:03
  • So may I write "to demonstrate his skill in managing loops"? – Vlad from Moscow Mar 4 '15 at 17:06

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