Are the benefits beneficial?

Posted by on February 10th, 2017 | 0 comments | collocation, debatable claim, evaluative claim, IELTS, speaking, vocabulary, writing

Constructing impressive buildings benefits more for visitors than local people.

Indonesian flag 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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