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  1. tzfujimino's Avatar
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    #1

    member change

    Hello.
    I'd like to ask a question about the phrase 'member change'.
    The phrase, which looks like a compound noun, is often used in Japanese.
    Please read the sentences below.

    The voters have the ability to change board members at every election.
    There has been no member change so far.


    I made the second sentence by myself.
    Is 'member change' a natural/correct English expression? I suspect it sounds like a strange mixture of words to native speakers of English.
    Thank you.

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    Re: member change

    It sounds unnatural to me but I think that's because I would expect "There have been no board member changes yet".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: member change

    Thank you, ems.

    Then, please imagine you're watching a football/soccer game on TV.
    Player A has been badly injured, and player B has just come in to replace A.

    Now, in this situation, would it be possible to say 'There has been a soccer member change' or 'There have been soccer member changes'? Neither would work, in my opinion.
    How would you describe the situation?
    Thank you again.

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    #4

    Re: member change

    No. The standard phrase for soccer is "There has been a substitution".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: member change

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Thank you, ems.

    Then, please imagine you're watching a football/soccer game on TV.
    Player A has been badly injured, and player B has just come in to replace A.

    Now, in this situation, would it be possible to say 'There has been a soccer member change' or 'There have been soccer member changes'? Neither would work, in my opinion.
    How would you describe the situation?
    Thank you again.
    "There has been a substitution" is possible.

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    #6

    Re: member change

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I made the second sentence by myself.
    Is 'member change' a natural/correct English expression? I suspect it sounds like a strange mixture of words to native speakers of English.
    It sounds like the sort of stuff they might use in management English- unnatural to most speakers, but OK in their circles. The meaning's clear enough.

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