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    space/ scope

    Hi forum,

    Please have a look at this question:

    John says that his present job does not provide him with enough _____ for his organizing ability.

    A. scope
    B. space
    C. capacity
    D. range
    Key A

    When I met this question, I chose B on automatic pilot but then I saw the answer was A.

    I have googled that both "scope of his ability" and "space for his ability" have many hits and the hit number of the latter is larger. So I feel somewhat confused.
    What are your opinions about the choices A and B?


    Many Thanks.

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    Re: space/ scope

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    Hi forum,

    Please have a look at this question:

    John says that his present job does not provide him with enough _____ for his organizing ability.

    A. scope
    B. space
    C. capacity
    D. range
    Key A

    When I met this question, I chose B on automatic pilot but then I saw the answer was A.

    I have googled that both "scope of his ability" and "space for his ability" have many hits and the hit number of the latter is larger. So I feel somewhat confused.
    What are your opinions about the choices A and B?


    Many Thanks.
    The correct answer is A.
    The number of Google hits is unrelated to correctness.

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    Re: space/ scope

    Is that "people" can have enough scope to do something while "ability" can't?

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    Re: space/ scope

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    Is that "people" can have enough scope to do something while "ability" can't?
    "Not enough space" in this context suggests "not enough physical space for his organizing ability" - which could be true if he had bad organizing ability (the opposite, presumably, of the meaning).
    "Space" is too ambiguous to use here.

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    Re: space/ scope

    space: the freedom and scope to live, think, and develop in a way that suits one
    a teenager needing her own space.

    It seems that "space" can be used in an abstract way.

    What have I got lost here?

    Thanks again.

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    Re: space/ scope

    Quote Originally Posted by henz988 View Post
    space: the freedom and scope to live, think, and develop in a way that suits one
    a teenager needing her own space.

    It seems that "space" can be used in an abstract way.

    What have I got lost here?
    You've lost perspective and context. Yes, 'space' could be forced into that space, but 'scope' is the better, more appropriate and more specific answer.

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