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    to a lack of opportunity

    They (generation Y) often officially put their decision to leave a job down to a lack of opportunity.

    Please explain this sentence in other words, as it is not clear to me.
    What is meant by 'to a lack of opportunity'?

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    Re: to a lack of opportunity

    Where did you find that sentence?

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    Re: to a lack of opportunity

    Teechar, this is 'Y this Generation?' text (Business Result Advanced Online Workbook).
    Last edited by Ksenia; 30-Dec-2015 at 16:43.

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    Re: to a lack of opportunity

    Quote Originally Posted by Ksenia View Post
    They (generation Y) often officially put their decision to leave a job down to a lack of opportunity.

    Please explain this sentence in other words, as it is not clear to me.
    What is meant by 'to a lack of opportunity'?

    Thank you.


    "To" is the second part of the BrE idiom "put something down to", meaning "attribute something to." The sentence means that members of Generation Y often say they leave a job because the job doesn't offer the chance to advance.
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    Re: to a lack of opportunity

    I wouldn't necessarily consider that an exclusively BrE expression, however. It's used in AmE as well, and likely other variants.

    I frequently use it myself.
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