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    Default Is the use of 'spark off benefits' correct?

    Hi,everyone.I read an article with the title 'Competition between US and China sparks off benefits for both countries'. But I am not sure whether native English speakers use the phrase 'spark off benefits' in daily life or literacy and whether it is correct and nature to say 'something sparks off benefits' in an essay? Thanks a lot!

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    Default Re: Is the use of 'spark off benefits' correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by javierchang View Post
    Hi,everyone.I read an article with the title 'Competition between US and China sparks off benefits for both countries'. But I am not sure whether native English speakers use the phrase 'spark off benefits' in daily life or literacy and whether it is correct and nature to say 'something sparks off benefits' in an essay? Thanks a lot!
    No, it's not an idiom and it's not natural. It is, however, a clever use of words, a metaphor. I don't think you should try to use it in an essay.
    What causes sparks?

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    Default Re: Is the use of 'spark off benefits' correct?

    Thanks for your replying. Actually,I just want my writing to be more vibrant and to some extent ,humorous,therefore, can I occasionally apply it in my writing?
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, it's not an idiom and it's not natural. It is, however, a clever use of words, a metaphor. I don't think you should try to use it in an essay.
    What causes sparks?

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    Default Re: Is the use of 'spark off benefits' correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by javierchang View Post
    Thanks for your replying. Actually,I just want my writing to be more vibrant and to some extent ,humorous,therefore, can I occasionally apply it in my writing?
    I personally wouldn't use a metaphor that I didn't completely understand.
    In this case, the competition or conflict between China and America is likened to two rocks colliding. This produces sparks. But the sparks can have benefits, for example by producing fire. If all those elements (or similar ones) aren't present, the metaphor doesn't work.

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