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    paris 06 is offline Member
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    Hey,

    I am really confused about what the underlined sentence means, and here is my understanding of it so please confirm me if it is correct or not.
    If not, please give me a full correct meaning. Is "staff" used as a verb in this sentence?


    - The facility will represent an initial investment of 200 billion dollars and up to 200 full time jobs to construct and staff the first phase of the plant.


    please help me get a clear understanding of this.

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    Not a teacher.

    Yes, it's being used as a verb, meaning "to hire people as the staff."

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    Default Re: Meaning of this sentence

    Thank you for clearing off the confusion.

    Then, what about the first phase of the plant?

    Does this mean the first stage of constructing the factory needs staff, which comes up to 320 full time jobs?

    320 full time jobs to construct and to staff the first phase of the plant.

    Is the underlined "to" ahead of staff omitted in above sentence?

    thank you in advance.

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    The first phase of the plant, when finished and operational, will require some staff to operate it. The sentence says 200 jobs will be created in the first phase.

    We are not told how many are construction jobs and how many are permanent "staff" jobs. It could be 180 construction jobs (which end when the work is done) and 20 permanent staff jobs.

    There would be plans for a second phase, and maybe more. But they would require additional investment to become a reality.

    Yes, the second "to" is omitted. It's not necessary for understanding.

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    Default Re: Meaning of this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by paris 06 View Post
    Hey,

    I am really confused about what the underlined sentence means, and here is my understanding of it so please confirm me if it is correct or not.
    If not, please give me a full correct meaning. Is "staff" used as a verb in this sentence?


    - The facility will represent an initial investment of 200 billion dollars and up to 200 full time jobs to construct and staff the first phase of the plant.


    please help me get a clear understanding of this.
    ********** NOT a teacher **********

    Dear Member Paris,

    (1) English speakers often like to use nouns as verbs because it

    saves time and space. I think that it would have taken unnecessary

    space to write: ... to construct and to provide the staff for the

    first phase of the plant. Furthermore, [to] staff (an infinitive) is in

    harmony with to construct (another infinitive).

    (2) I think that it's OK to use many nouns as verbs, such as staff.

    (3) Of course, some teachers tell us that it is not a good idea to use

    certain nouns as verbs.

    (a) For example, instead of saying He gave me a beautiful sweater as

    a birthday gift, some people might say (or write) He gifted me with a

    beautiful sweater on my birthday. *** I breakfast every morning at

    7 o'clock. Maybe some teachers do not like those nouns being used

    that way. (I personally like those two sentences.)

    THANK YOU

    P. S. Instead of writing I sent him a personal message, some people

    might write I personal messaged him. I think that sentence

    is a nice, short way to express a thought, but maybe some people

    would not like it.

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    It's a matter of taste largely. Some "verbing" sounds natural, and some jarring to the ear.

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    Default Re: Meaning of this sentence

    Do you also use "overstaff" and "understaff" as verbs such as in the sentence following.

    - overstaff the building
    - understaff the company

    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paris 06 View Post
    Do you also use "overstaff" and "understaff" as verbs such as in the sentence following.

    - overstaff the building
    - understaff the company

    thank you.
    I haven't personally seen this type of use. I have seen this type:

    "It took forever to get dinner cause the restaurant is terribly understaffed."

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