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Able vs Capable vs Competent vs Qualified

Able, capable, competent and qualified all mean having power or fitness for work.

What’s the difference?

Able suggests ability above the average as revealed in actual performance.

  • The older child should be able to prepare a simple meal.

Capable stresses the having of qualities fitting one for work but does not imply outstanding ability.

  • He’s quite capable of lying to get out of trouble.

Competent and qualified imply having the experience or training for adequate performance.

  • Make sure the firm is competent to carry out the work.
  • She’s extremely well qualified for the job.