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    Why I am looking for a new job

    I am writing to my friend, and I want to say: "I'm looking for a new job because my current job just isn't stretching enough. I have submitted three application forms so far but to no avail. I hope I get a big break soon." Is that okay to say?

    Thank you
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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by Dominoes View Post
    I am writing to my friend, and I want to say: "I'm looking for a new job because my current job just isn't stretching enough. I have submitted three application forms so far but to no avail. I hope I get a big break soon." Is that okay to say?

    Thank you
    Well...jobs don't stretch. Are you trying to say that the money you receive from your job isn't stretching?

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Well...jobs don't stretch.
    In Br E, a job can stretch you. (stretch - definition. American English definition of stretch by Macmillan Dictionary, meaning 8). The intransitive use of the verb does not sound too unlikely to me,

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In Br E, a job can stretch you. (stretch - definition. American English definition of stretch by Macmillan Dictionary, meaning 8). The intransitive use of the verb does not sound too unlikely to me,
    That's exactly the meaning I intended :)

    Intransitive verb? It says it is a transitive verb on the Macmillan Dictionary website

    I actually thought that "just isn't stretching enough" would be an adjective phrase seeing as it is modifying "job".
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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    It's a transitive verb. It need to stretch something. You need to say "it isn't stretching me enough."

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's a transitive verb. It need to stretch something. You need to say "it isn't stretching me enough."
    Oh, I see. Thank you.

    Can I say "I'm now looking for a job that's more stretching."?

    Or would I have to say "I'm now looking for a job that will stretch me more."?

    Also, does the rest of what I wrote make sense?

    Thanks for your time.

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's a transitive verb. It need to stretch something. You need to say "it isn't stretching me enough."
    It is normally a transitive verb. In my opinion, "This job isn't stretching" is acceptable in BrE. Whether 'stretching' is part of the progressive form of a verb used intransitively or a participle used adjectivallly is another question.

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It is normally a transitive verb. In my opinion, "This job isn't stretching" is acceptable in BrE. Whether 'stretching' is part of the progressive form of a verb used intransitively or a participle used adjectivallly is another question.
    We don't use "stretching" like this in AmE, so I will defer.

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Even as a BrE speaker, I find "This job isn't stretching" rather unnatural, though not incorrect. I would say "This job isn't stretching me". If I wanted to describe the job in a similar way, I might say it isn't "challenging".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Jan-2013 at 16:26. Reason: I was typing rubbish!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why I am looking for a new job

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It is normally a transitive verb.
    When dictionaries state that certain verbs are "transitive", are they basically saying that that's the type of verb they are usually? Sometimes verbs are marked as both "transitive" and "intransitive". It seems as though labelling the verbs is pointless if a verb that is labelled as "transitive" can also be intransitive. Very confusing :(

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