Experience in or with: Here’s the correct version (with 13 examples)

Have you ever spoken to someone about all the experiences you’ve had? For some, knowing the correct terms to use in this situation can be a bit confusing. Particularly for those who don’t speak English as their first language, but even for those who speak it natively.

Today, we’ll be looking at whether to say “I have experience in” or “I have experience with” or “I have experience of”. We’ll be looking at what each of them means and giving loads of examples to help you to fully understand.

Experience in or with?

“I have experience of” is talking about someone else’s experience.

“I have experience in” is talking about studying or working in a field.

“I have experience with” is when talking about personal experience.

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Experience with

Let’s start off by talking about the phrase “I have experience with”. This is when you talk about experience you have gained from personal first-hand experience.

For example, if you grew up in poverty, you might say that you have “experience with poverty”. This is not something you got from a book or a university course. It’s something you have lived first hand.

Having experience with something can give you authority to talk on the matter as you fully understand the impact.

5 examples that use “Experience with”

“While the previous chapter provided a snapshot of litigant experience with the civil justice system, the present chapter’s focal point is citizens’ experience with and perception of important aspects of the Pakistani criminal justice system.”

“Provide that samples be taken at random, in accordance with a sampling plan that reflects any previous experience with the material.”

“In all probability time and further experience with electrocoagulation will suggest many more uses applicable to dentistry.”

“Men were more satisfied with the measure related to experience with the administration.

“My Personal Experience With Tuberculosis”

Experience in

Now, as well as having experience with something, you could also have experience in something. Having experience in something can mean one of two things.

It could mean that you have studied an area a lot, perhaps as part of a university course.

Or, perhaps, you have worked a lot in that area as part of your job.

For example, suppose I’m debating the Ancient Egyptians with you. In that case, I might turn to you and say, “Considering I’ve got a masters degree. So, I have some experience in that area”.

Having experience in something can also give you authority as you have studied it. You know what you’re talking about, even if it isn’t from your own experience.

4 examples that use “Experience in”

“This shall be my last case in illustration of my “Five Years Experience in the New Cure of Consumption.”

“I was very excited when I discovered that my role in this team would be to bring my experience in science education to the table.”

“To achieve it, my experience in curricular development would have to be recognized.”

“When I find myself with clients or colleagues who do not share my experience in a relevant area, I seek to make that expertise available to them in a way that does not leave them feeling overwhelmed or less able, nor do I pretend it to be”

Experience of

And finally, we have “experience of”. There is some debate surrounding what this one means. Some say it’s synonymous with “experience with”. Others say it should be used when talking about the experience of someone else.

Whichever one you think it means, I’m sure most people would understand what you mean by saying “In my experience of” or “With his experience of”.

People think the English language is fixed, but even the experts don’t always agree.

4 examples that use “experience of”

“I have described and provided an explanation for the experience of emptiness in Hazell (2003).”

“The result was this book, American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam, in which I managed to cover — albeit through the weird serendipity one had to resort to in the days before OCLC.”

“The experience of forty–three years, which were passed by me in slavery, was one of the dark fears and darker realities.

“But I also have much encouragement, for I have the fullness of Jesus, the grace and strength which he has promised me, the throne of grace which is at all times accessible to me, the experience of saints who have gone the same way.”

Experience Etymology

To help us better understand the word “experience”, it might help us if we look at its etymology. Knowing where words come from can help us understand why they have the meaning they do.

The word “Experience” comes from the Old French “Esperience”. This comes from the Latin “Experiri” or “Experitus”.

The latter is made up of “Ex”, meaning “out of”. And “Peritus”, meaning tested. So experience means “Out of the tested”.

The Proto-Indo-European word “Per-Yo” means “to try”.

Synonyms for “experience of and with”

“This chapter focuses on the regulatory dimension of the legitimacy of NGO involvement in international organizations.”

Participation in adult education by persons who were not full – time students in high school or college increased 120.6 percent among those who were members of races other than white and black between 1969 and 1975.”

“Of the behaviour/familiarity scales, only Familiarity With Latino(a) Culture was significantly correlated with all criteria.”

“Satellite observation of biomass burning: implications in global change research.”

“Basic aims in studying their spread, both in time and in space, are to gain a better understanding of transmission mechanisms.”

Conclusion

Now, next time you want to talk about your experience, but you’re a bit confused about whether to say “In my experience in”, “In my experience with”, or “In my experience of”, hopefully now you have a better idea of what you need to say to get your point across.

Experience with is personal experience. Experience in is studied experience. And experience of is somebody else’s experience.

Hopefully, now you have a better idea of what all of this means, and you won’t be getting it wrong again. But just in case you have any doubts, I have plenty of experience with writing so I think you can trust me. I also have experience in English literature.