I have been trying to differentiate the two, but I am ending up in murky grounds. Ability seems to be a capacity to do right here, right now. Skill seems to be potential, developed or undeveloped.
Skill’s synonyms are syn. proficiency, aptitude, competence, adeptness, degree of expertise, practiced ability, honed ability
Ability’s synonyms are syn. talent, knack, capability, capacity, faculty.
There is no differentiation. The best case I was able to make was that Ability is potential, and skill is tapped potential. But then Ability is defined as innate capacity to handle a task, while Skill is explained as aptitude that may or may not have been developed.
So, what is going on here? I am wrecking my head at finding a sharp distinction.
Is it potential versus practice? Is it capacity versus training?
I’d be very thankful for someone explaining the distinction to me with story points in movies whose story forms have been analyzed.
On the same note, what is the different between Thought and Contemplation? Is it that Thought is reorganizing knowledge and Contemplation is centred on an object or issue?
Edit: My current understanding is that Skill is potential while Ability is the capacity to accomplish something right here, right now. But then, what about tapped potential? Is that a story point in ability or skill? Can someone help me distinguish the two not with synonyms but illustrations?
Is driving an ability? What about a budding race car driver? Is his driving an ability or skill? If we are talking about paying the bills, is it a financial ability or a present situation? If I run to my school, is it an ability to reach school or skill to be a long distance runner?