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Today's Lesson CATEGORY: 混同しやすい言葉 CATEGORY: ジャパニーズイングリッシュ
 
SOFTWARE vs. APPLICATION   ソフトウェア vs. アプリケーション
Explanation
Software (uncountable) is ONE OR MORE computer programs.

An application (countable) or app is ONE computer program.

Be Careful! We do NOT use the word “soft” like the Japanese ソフト as an abbreviation for software.
software (数えられない名詞)は、1つ、または複数のコンピュータ・プログラムのことです。

application (数えられる名詞)または、app は、1つのコンピュータ・プログラムのことです。

注意:英語では、日本語の「ソフト」のように、software の略語として soft という言葉は使いません。
SOFTWARE vs. APPLICATION

examples

1 Their company sells educational software.
2 Is it difficult to install this software?
3 She's studying computer programming. She wants to become a software designer.
4 (want ad)
The successful candidate must be able to use spreadsheet applications.
5
a:  Why is my computer so slow?
b:  You're probably running too many applications.
6 You can download the app for free on their Web site.
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