A worker is dismissed from job and he is telling about what his managers told him about the dismissal:

They said they did not need so many people with my particular skills

I wonder why the worker said "...my particular skills.", whereas "...my skills" would simply be quite clear.

Is there any difference between "my particular skills" and "my skills"?


I think that with particular he just want to emphasize that he as got some "specific" skills.

But in reality, there are no particular differences between the two.

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    Specific or exact rather than unique. If his skills were unique, there could not be 'so many people' with them! – Kate Bunting Sep 10 '20 at 9:48
  • You are right, that's exactly what i want to say. Thanks @KateBunting. I've edited the response. – Liiuc Sep 10 '20 at 10:06

In this sentence, looks like, with particular, he wants to refer to his skills specific to his job. He can be having multiple other skills (let's say painting, dancing) which may not be relevant to his job (Let's say a chef).

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