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    #1

    Nowadays students have a wide range of options

    Nowadays students have a wide range of options to lay the foundation of their successful future career by focusing mainly on their education or working by trade.

    Is it clear what I'm trying say? Does the sentence above sound natural to you?

    Does "working by trade" make sense?

    Just in case: it's my sentence.


    Thanks.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Nowadays students have a wide range of options

    Hi Boris, Your intent is clear. Still, I'd suggest a few changes.

    Nowadays s Students have a range of career options today and may choose between pursuing a formal education or learning a trade.

    The word "nowadays" really isn't used in formal language.

    Hope that helps,

    Dena



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    Re: Nowadays students have a wide range of options

    Hi there. I'm glad to see a new native speaker here.

    Is it totally fine to say "learn a trade" if I'm not talking about future managers, teachers, political scientists, doctors. I thought we could use the word "trade" towards blacksmiths and etc.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Nowadays students have a wide range of options

    Yes, one can learn a trade. That includes plumber, carpenter, electrician, mechanic, etc.

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    #5

    Re: Nowadays students have a wide range of options

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Is it totally fine to say "learn a trade" if I'm not talking about future managers, teachers, political scientists, doctors. I thought we could use the word "trade" towards blacksmiths and etc.
    We don't normally use 'trade' for those jobs. You did not make it clear in your first post that you wanted your word to cover these. Actually, they would be covered by your students who "lay the foundation of their successful future career by focusing mainly on their education".
    Last edited by Piscean; 11-Nov-2015 at 14:08. Reason: typo

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    Re: Nowadays students have a wide range of options

    In the US, "trade" is used to refer to "blue collar" jobs, while "profession" is applied to jobs that require a college education. Blue collar jobs are taught in "trade schools" or learned on the job.
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