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    Lightbulb Please Check these sentences

    Please Provide the correct answer to this...

    There are 4 options out of which one is wrong

    Please tell which sentence is wrong and why?

    (A) The shopkeeper is honest in his dealings.
    (B) He is not equal to the task.
    (C) Your progress in english is very slow.
    (D) Hardwork is the key of success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Please Provide the correct answer to this...

    There are 4 options out of which one is wrong

    Please tell which sentence is wrong and why?

    (A) The shopkeeper is honest in his dealings.
    (B) He is not equal to the task.
    (C) Your progress in english is very slow.
    (D) Hardwork is the key of success.

    Thanks
    Sentence B is wrong. It's not wrong in a structural or grammatical way. It's wrong in a lexical way. The word "equal" does not ordinarily precede "to the task".

    Here is a way to use "to the task".

    He's not up to the task. - ready for the task - He doesn't want to deal with the task.

    Here's another way, but with "for".

    He's not ready for the task.

    And...

    He's not prepared for the task.

    They're not prepared to take on such a huge task at this time.
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    I have to disagree here; sentence B is fine in my variety of British English. It seems to me sentence D is wrong ("hard work" should be two words, and the normal phrase is "key to success").

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    I have to disagree here; sentence B is fine in my variety of British English. It seems to me sentence D is wrong ("hard work" should be two words, and the normal phrase is "key to success").
    I agree with you "He is not equal to the task" is very good BrE. "Hard work" should be two words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangutan View Post
    I have to disagree here; sentence B is fine in my variety of British English. It seems to me sentence D is wrong ("hard work" should be two words, and the normal phrase is "key to success").

    I overlooked "key of success". I was reading too quickly. I definitely agree with on this, of course.

    I haven't heard "equal to the task", however.

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    Default Re: Please Check these sentences

    Should it not be "Hard work is the key FOR success", instead of "Hard work is the key TO success".

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Should it not be "Hard work is the key FOR success", instead of "Hard work is the key TO success".
    It's "key to success". I overlooked this, as I was reading and going too fast. However, "equal to the task", doesn't sound familiar to me.
    Last edited by PROESL; 25-Aug-2009 at 19:45.

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    Is the sentence "hard work is the key for success" incorrect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Is the sentence "hard work is the key for success" incorrect?
    Yes, it's wrong, it should be 'to'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    It's "key to success". I overlooked this, as I was reading and going too fast. However, "equal to the task", doesn't sound familiar to me.
    I never knew it wasn't current in American English. That is useful to know.

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