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    #1

    have to use your "initiative"

    Hi,

    Background:
    The sentence below is a question in my job application form.

    Question:
    What does "initiative" mean in my sentence?

    Sentence:
    What opportunities did you have to use your initiative?

    My opinion:
    There are at least 2 possibilities:
    1) initiative = action taken to solve a difficulty
    2) initiative = the ability to use your judgment to make decisions and do things without needing to be told what to do

    Thanks

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    Re: have to use your "initiative"

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    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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