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The problem with the adjective accurate



zvonka.rink
Slovenia

The problem with the adjective accurate
 
Dear colleagues,
 
I m asking you (especcally native speakers)a favour again.
 
Can you say that a person is accurate? or He s an accurate person?
What do you think about this sentence:
 
-You ll have to be more accurate if you want to do well in business.
 
I thank you for your answers.
Zvonka
 
 

4 Apr 2013      



titine69
France

Hi Zvonka!
Yes,we can say"she is an accurate typist"( for example.) She has to be carefully precise.
I think your sentence is right too .
Titine

4 Apr 2013     



alvalen
United States

An accurate person sounds a bit strange for me.

I think is more common to use it with a machine, an instrument, data etc.: an accurate thermometer

I ve seen it used with the verb to be when refering to people to describe they are accurate IN something.

4 Apr 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

No, you wouldn t describe a person as accurate. What does it actually mean? Someone who pays attention to detail? Then say that. 

As for You ll have to be more accurate if you want to do well in business, it would be all right, if it s a response to something. Maybe the person took a guess on something, when accuracy was needed. But as a general statement, no. 

Careful, diligent, meticulous, adjectives like this would be better. 

4 Apr 2013     



zvonka.rink
Slovenia

Dear Titine, Alvalen and Cunliffe,

Thank you for your answers which will help me to make the right decision. I understood it the way Cunliffe explained it but since I am a non-native speaker students often doubt my decisions and argue, so I need the opinion of native speakers. Thank you again.

4 Apr 2013