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    "Priority is given to parents' decisions."

    Hi dear teachers.

    "Priority is given to parents' decisions in a family."
    "Parents' decisions are given the priority in a family."

    Any wrong in my both sentences above?

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    Re: "Priority is given to parents' decisions."

    I wouldn't use the definite article in the second.

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    Re: "Priority is given to parents' decisions."

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Hi dear teachers.

    "Priority is given to parents' decisions in a family."
    "Parents' decisions are given the priority in a family."

    Any wrong in my both Are there any errors in [either of] my sentences above?
    Please see my amendments to your question. I agree with Tdol's comments.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 24-Oct-2013 at 00:04. Reason: typo
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: "Priority is given to parents' decisions."

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Hi dear teachers.

    "Priority is given to parents' decisions in a family."
    "Parents' decisions are given the priority in a family."

    Any wrong in my both sentences above?
    Your sentences are grammatical, but they make little sense to me. Who is giving these decisions priority -- the children? That pretty much goes without saying. "Priority" refers to one thing being more important than other things. For example:

    In custody disputes involving an adopted child, priority is usually given to the birth parent or parents.
    In the admissions process, priority is given to minority applicants.

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    Re: "Priority is given to parents' decisions."

    Yes I admit that my sentences were not much better in meaning. There what I wanted to focus on is I have always seen the word "priority" is used like "priority is given to ......", at the beginning of a sentence and most of the time in a passive sentence but I wanted to know whether it can be used putting in the middle of a sentence (passive), for example "Minority applicants are given the priority in the admission process.". Considering all of your comments I think it can be used. Am I right?
    Let me give you another example; "The employee is paid the salary at the end of each month." = "The salary is paid to the employee at the end of each month."

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    Re: "Priority is given to parents' decisions."

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Yes I admit that my sentences were not much better in meaning. There what I wanted to focus on is I have always seen the word "priority" is used like "priority is given to ......", at the beginning of a sentence and most of the time in a passive sentence but I wanted to know whether it can be used putting in the middle of a sentence (passive), for example "Minority applicants are given the priority in the admission process.". Considering all of your comments I think it can be used. Am I right?
    Let me give you another example; "The employee is paid the salary at the end of each month." = "The salary is paid to the employee at the end of each month."
    Yes, but with minor revisions. In your first sentence, I would eliminate "the" before priority. We don't know if that category is the only priority given.

    In your second sentence I would change "the" to "a" after "paid". In the third, I would change the first word to "a". It is likely that the salaries are different.

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