Are the benefits benefitial?

Constructing impressive buildings benefits more for visitors than local people.

flag-of-indonesia This is another word that often gets at least partly lost in translation. Let’s look at some possible improvements.

Benefit – verb

  • Constructing impressive buildings benefits visitors more than local people.

The verb ‘benefit‘ is transitive, no preposition. Notice the position of ‘more‘ in the comparison!

Beneficial – adjective

  • Constructing impressive buildings is more beneficial for visitors than for local people.

The adjective ‘beneficial’ may be followed by a preposition phrase – usually ‘beneficial + for‘ (except “When attempting to lose weight it is more beneficial to exercise than to diet.“).

Without a comparative you might also write:

  • Constructing impressive buildings is beneficial.

Benefit – noun

  • The benefits to visitors of constructing impressive buildings are greater than the benefits to local people.

The noun ‘benefit‘ – when applied to people (visitors) – is followed by ‘to‘.
When applied to things (constructing impressive buildings) it is followed by ‘of‘.

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