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Is there a difference between first hand-, personal-, and hands-on experience?

Asked by Tintels (123points) May 18th, 2010

I am trying to find the nuance for my copy text. I can’t seem to find the optimal wording from these three choices. I am looking for the term with the broadest possible scope.

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jfos's avatar

Hands-on seems to be more physically oriented. You would have hands-on experience with a saw or electrical equipment. You wouldn’t have hands-on experience with a death in the family. That would be more of a personal experience. As for first-hand, that would be something that you’ve dealt directly with, as opposed to hearing about it from someone else or watching it/reading about it somewhere.

CMaz's avatar

Wouldn’t First-hand also be Hands-on and personal?

marinelife's avatar

For the broadest possible usage, I would go with personal experience.

janbb's avatar

I would also go with personal experience for the most comprehensive meaning.

Jeruba's avatar

Can we see the context? Broadest may not be most apt.

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