When ‘demand for’ is demanding

Posted by on March 22nd, 2018 | 0 comments | collocation, IELTS, kebutuhan, speaking, tuntutan, vocabulary, writing

Nowadays the demand of education is increasing around the world.

Once again we have to think about slightly different word forms with radically different meanings.

demands + of

Something is difficult or hard work (is ‘demanding’!):

  • The joys and demands of motherhood are constant.
  • Motherhood is sometimes hard work/difficult.
  • The demands of IELTS are considerable.
  • IELTS is hard work/difficult.

demand + for

People need something:

  • Demand for oil field services has been very strong.
  • A lot of people want or need oil field services.
  • Demand for paper products softened slightly in recent weeks.
  • Recently, fewer people have needed paper products.


Returning to our opening example, I think the writer is saying that people need education, not that it is difficult:

  • Nowadays the demand for¬†education is increasing around the world.

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