Hi teachers,

Are the underlined words synonyms?

a) Sharon acquired a set of skills.

b) Sharon acquired a number of skills.

Thanks in advance
Thinking SpainHi teachers,
Are the underlined words synonyms?
a) Sharon acquired a set of skills.
b) Sharon acquired a number of skills.

Thanks in advance
There is a small distinction in my mind.

A set implies a group of related things.(e.g. a chess set, a tool set )

If we say "a number of Xs," there is not an implied relationship among them.
Hi AlpheccaStars,

Thank you for your reply. Could you tell me a synonym for 'set' please?

TS
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a number of things considered as a unit <a set of tools>
Synonyms:

array, assemblage, band, bank, batch, battery, block, bunch, clot, clump, cluster, clutch, collection, constellation, grouping, huddle, knot, lot, muster, package, parcel, passel, set, suite

But only these work well in your context

array of skills only somewhat formal

suite of skills a bit classier

battery of skills fairly formal

CJ
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