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Hello,

I'm not certain which of these two adjectives to use in the following collocations and phrases. They seem to be pretty similar in their meaning, but I feel there is a difference - one, I'm afraid, that elludes my cognitive capabilities, however... :-)

1:(a) automated / (b) automatic repricing
2:(a) automated / (b) automatic generation of netting
3:(a) automated / (b) automatic generation of mutual offsets
4:(a) automated / (b) automatic verification of the creditworthiness of the partner
5:(a) automated / (b) automatic recording of the persons responsible for the invalidation of activities
6:(a) automated / (b) automatic pricing
7:(a) automated / (b) automatic reflection of prices in the documents
8:(a) automated / (b) automatic generation of the instalment sheets

I supose it depends on the context, the level of technicality of the writing and, perhaps, other factors as well...

Many thanks!

P.
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automatic means it happens by itself. No human hand is needed to make it happen.
(An example is an automatic transmission in a vehicle — as opposed to a manual transmission where you have to shift gears yourself.)

automated focuses on the use of a machine (usually a computer) to do what used to be done without that machine.
(Fewer accountants are now necessary in corporations because billing has been automated.)

Not surprisingly, many nouns can take either adjective. It just depends on what you are trying to draw attention to -- the convenience of having something happen automatically, or the increased productivity obtained by automating an operation.

Personally, I find that the adjective 'automated' is being used less and less these days. We just assume that everything is automated. Emotion: smile

CJ
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Oh, that's a brilliant response, CJ. Thanks a lot! Emotion: smile P.