Student or Learner
As a nurse, she gives service to the patients in the Central Hospital.
1) Is the underlined part correct and meaningful?
2) Do you think that the underlined part can imply a bad meaning (e.g. she gives sexual pleasure to ...)?
Thanks, but I would like to know "give service to someone" can have a negative meaning or not? Because sometimes we (Iranian people) use it and I want to be careful in using it. I would like not to use it if it is problematic.
I can understand your confusion. We talk about "the service" given by a business, or when someone "gives good service."
The waiter gave us good service last night.
The service at the tire store was not good.
You will just have to be more aware of the context. A nurse would not "serve" her patients.
There is a problem with the phrasing in its entirety.
We definitely use service as susie's example show, but you would NOT use the phrasing "The waiter gave service to us" or "The person at the counter gave service to us."
"She serviced him" does have a sexual meaning and you should avoid that combination, but you should avoid your suggested "gave service to" as well. It's an unnatural way to express the idea.
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.
[AmE - not a teacher]
Just about any phrase can have a postitive or negative meaning, depending on its context. I would say that without context, "give service to someone" is rather neutral. Also, this phrase can be used, but I think you'll more often hear "services".
The employee services the customer.
"As a nurse, she provides a service to her patients." sounds better than your original sentence, but I would still use something more specific if I could.
What would have negative connotations of the type you are trying to avoid would be "to service someone". This should be avoided, as it implies a paid-for sexual act.