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    great asset/ valuable asset

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    Tom is a great asset to the basketball team because he's got such long arms.

    asset = advantage

    The high character which the corps has won is in itself a valuable asset.

    asset = resource

    Thanks for your efforts.



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    Re: great asset/ valuable asset

    In the first, he sounds like a resource too rather than an advantage. You could say that having long arms is an advantage (over people with short arms), but in this sentence, I can't see where the comparison is to have the advantage.

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