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The Difference Between ‘Task’ and ‘Assignment’
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This week on Ask a Teacher, we answer a question from Ramiro, who is in Brazil.
Could you tell me the difference between a task and an assignment? And how do we use them in our daily life?
As you may know, both task and assignment are nouns describing an activity that you must complete.
A task is something you have to do. An assignment is usually a task that someone gives you to do.
Ways to use ‘task’
A task describes an activity that can be done in your daily life. But you can give a task to yourself, or someone else can give you a task to complete.
Any activity you want to finish can become a task. Think about a day in your life and the responsibilities you have. What are the tasks you must do during your day?
You can have one task or many tasks. For example:
My task today is to feed the cats before leaving for school.
Tasks are often connected to a bigger goal. Here is an example:
Although learning a computer programming language is a difficult task, I will do my best to study it for my future career.
Ways to use ‘assignment’
An assignment means someone is giving you an activity or task to complete.
For example, imagine your teacher says:
Our test is on Friday, so your assignment tonight is to study everything we learned this past month.
Teachers give students assignments every day. But students need to know how to take a big assignment and separate it into smaller tasks. Students might understand this example:
My assignment is to read the whole book. But luckily, I only need to read 10 pages a day.
Ways to use ‘task’ and ‘assignment’ together
Both tasks and assignments are often related to time. For example, we make lists of tasks to better organize our time. For example:
By 12 p.m. today, I need to do the following tasks: take out the garbage, walk my dog and go shopping.
“Task ” and “Assignment” are often used in work situations too. If you ever worked in a job, the boss may say:
Your assignment is to finish all three tasks before the end of the day.
Well, Ramiro, we hope this helps to answer your question.
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Armen Kasabian wrote this story for VOA Learning English. Hai Do was the editor. Practice using the words ‘task’ and ‘assignment’ in the comments below
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As nouns the difference between task and assignment is that task is a piece of work done as part of one's duties while assignment is the act of assigning; the allocation of a job or a set of tasks. Russian: Как существительные, разница между задачей и назначением является ли эта задача частью работы, выполняемой в рамках ее обязанностей, и назначение является актом назначения; распределение работы или набор задач.
Examples: (task) someone asks you to clean the office and you agreed. you cleaned and cleaned till it was shining like the sun. *that is the example of task.* (assignment) you are a school teacher and you assigned(gave) the students homework. the students finished the homework and gave it to you. all you need to do is now assign. those are the examples. it might be complicated for you., @whitedove81 no problem, pal., @whitedove81 it's the same as "friend"..
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What is the difference between "task" and "assignment"? [duplicate]
Possible Duplicate: Task, project, assignment, job. Which one is correct in my case?
These words don't have exact matches in Portuguese, so sometimes I get confused about their usage. When is it more suitable to use task rather than assigment and vice versa?
Task is a piece of work to be done or undertaken.
Assignment is a task assigned as part of a job or course of study.
In short, assignment = task given to you.
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Difference between task and assignment.
Please is there any major difference between a Task and Assignment in Project Server terminology?
there is a major difference. If you add ressources to a task, assignments are created for this task: one for each resource. An assignment is the matching of a resource to a task to do work: a task plus a resource equals an assignment.
Does that help? Barbara
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Task vs assignment
- Thread starter Vishinka
- Start date Feb 21, 2013
- Feb 21, 2013
Hi everyone. Which one is bigger, assignment or a task? Tank you!
This is not a matter of degree. You can have a small task or a large task. You can have a small assignment or a large assignment. A task is something you have to do. An assignment is a task that someone has given you to do.
Hi Vishinka, "an assignment" is a "task" that is given to you. (cross-posted with Sparky)
I honestly don't think you can compare the words in terms of size, Vishinka. They might have different implications in different contexts, though, I suppose. Can you tell us more about the context you're thinking of? (multiply cross-posted!)
- Feb 23, 2013
Vishinka said: Hi everyone. Which one is bigger, assignment or a task? Tank you! Click to expand...
monalisa! said: if so- probably assignment is bigger, as it is more inclusive: it may refer to single tasks, like school assignments , but also to posts, appointments (for ambassadors, attachès, journalists, military officers, and whole divisions ...) Click to expand...
A task is something you have to do. An assignment is usually a task that someone gives you to do. Ways to use 'task'. A task describes an
Task can be alot of things : chores, work,daily stuff. Assignment is usually a exam or a test set buy a teacher or boss at work. What is the
As nouns the difference between task and assignment is that task is a piece of work done as part of one's duties while assignment is the act of
Tasks would be considered to be assignments and projects done in response to orders. These would be the rest of the job in addition to the regularly duties.
In this video, we show how you can create tasks and assignments in itslearning.
Assignment is a task assigned as part of a job or course of study. In short, assignment = task given to you. Share.
is that task is a piece of work done as part of one's duties while assignment is the act of assigning; the allocation of a job or a set of tasks. As a verb task.
there is a major difference. If you add ressources to a task, assignments are created for this task: one for each resource. An assignment is the
This is not a matter of degree. You can have a small task or a large task. You can have a small assignment or a large assignment.
An assignment is a particular task assigned to someone or a group of persons, and usually it must be done within a certain period of time.