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You have a potential urge and the ability for accomplishment.
Could anyone explain the "potential urge" to me?
'urge' is a noun, so 'potential' is being used as an adjective. As such, it means:
"having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future."
So - with 'urge' as a noun meaning "a strong desire or impulse", then it says:
"having or showing the capacity to become or develop into a strong desire or impulse." !!!
It's like saying:
He has absolutely no evident desire or impulse to do anything at the moment - but there is the seed of an urge. This makes a person look absolutely lazy, indolent, and slothful. Without an 'urge' a 'desire', the motivation, we do nothing...and just having the 'potential' to have an urge is practically the same: until that potential is realized, and some urge begins to drive and motivated the person, they will still sit there doing nothing.
In effect, this is a really, really badly phrased sentence, that as it stands, can't be salvaged with a tweak(=improve by making fine adjustments to it). It needs rewording. Where did you read it?
A person has the potential to achieve...; and the ability to accomplish...
Last edited by David L.; 16-Sep-2008 at 22:31.
I'd say a potential urge for success or to do something with your life.
But if it does not come to pass, then it is wasted talent. I've seen many young people like that.