What is the difference between "как это устроено" and "как это работает"?
Both mean "how it works"?

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The difference is literal

как это устроено (?) - how it's built (how is it built?)

как это работает (?) - how it works (how does it work?)

как это устроено can at times be used to mean how does it work? when one asks to be shown the way something works which involves engaging numerous controls in specific sequences.

  • Or in short, first question is about structure(static characteristics) and second about behaviour(dynamic characteristics).
    – user28434
    Mar 11, 2019 at 13:02

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