Quality or qualities?

Javorcik seems to be unaware of the ability of domestic companies to engage in improving their qualities.

Another countable / uncountable problem, folks! Later we’ll take a look at some examples of each and think about differences in meaning. Before you read the examples try this practice activity! Continue reading

Let’s discuss ‘discuss about’

A variety of arguments have been put forward to discuss about the difference between a linear economy and a circular economy.

Let’s see what netspeak.org has to say about discuss and talk:

talk about

discuss

As you can see, talk is often followed by about, but discuss is never followed by about!

  • Today I’m going to discuss about unemployment.
  • Today I’m going to talk about unemployment.
  • Today I’m going to discuss unemployment.

Hope that helps!

Helping and enabling + to + V1

Older workers have built expertise to enable them coping with unusual circumstances.

Indonesian flag With help + obj and enable + obj you need to + V1:

  • Older workers have built expertise to enable them to cope with unusual circumstances.
  • Older workers have built expertise to help them to cope with unusual circumstances.

And that’s all folks!

The most preferred

Governments in many countries rely on bailout as the most preferred policy in a situation perceived as crisis.

Indonesian flag Here an Indonesian writer feels a strong urge to write most as a translation of the Indonesian paling. However in English this is redundant as the ‘preferred’ choice is already the ‘most’ liked:

  • Governments in many countries rely on bailout as the preferred policy in a situation perceived as crisis.

Similarly, it would be redundant to write ‘more prefer’:

  • I more prefer wine.

In this case you need:

  • I prefer wine.

And that’s all for today!

Japan earthquake – tenses

There have been a lot of earthquakes recently, including this one on Japan’s Hokkaido island. Current news stories – although often tragic – are full of interesting grammar as they include past and finished, recently finished, as well as ongoing events and situations. See if you can choose the correct tenses from the news coverage. Continue reading