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    No experience is necessary?

    Hi,

    I saw a sentence which is confusing in an advertisement: "... No experience is necessary, but you should have a high level of energy and be able to travel extensively...."

    "No experience is necessary" means:
    (A) People don't have to be experienced.
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    (B) People shouldn't be experienced.

    According to the text, it should be (A); but (B) is possible, right?


    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    No. It means only that experience is not required for the job. It does not bar you from applying if you do have experience.

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    #3

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    I can see how you could try to interpret it in that way, but it means that experience is unnecessary.

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    #4

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    "Lack of experience is obligatory" would be how to express your alternative reading of the original. It's a very unlikely thing to see.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    It is an unlikely requirement, but the more I look at it, the more I can understand why the OP asked the question.

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    Re: No experience is necessary?

    I cannot understand it. Nobody requires a lack of experience. It is completely illogical.

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    #7

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    You may not understand it, Mike, but that doesn't make it illogical.
    In fact, there are situations where a lack of experience is required. In some psychological tests, no previous knowledge of the content is a requirement. They need 'virgin' participants. Some university courses stipulate something like: "If you have no previous experience in X, you should enrol in X100, otherwise, X101 is the foundational course." Or, "If you have previously passed X101, you may not enrol in X100."
    I'm sure there are many other examples. They are easier to think of once you do understand the concept.

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    Re: No experience is necessary?

    With all respect, that understanding in nothing but silly.

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    #9

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    If you come to it as a non-native and apply a literal interpretation, the possible meaning, which the OP put down as a second possibility, becomes clearer- native speakers wouldn't go for it, but I can see why non-native speakers might get the wrong end of the stick.

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    #10

    Re: No experience is necessary?

    I might agree for a NNES. But if that were the intended meaning, it would be written as "Lack of experience is required".

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