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    Stick to her career

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Diana's friends asked her why she was still unmarried, and she replied she would rather stick to her career.

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    Re: Stick to her career

    It sounds OK to me.
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    Re: Stick to her career

    The idiom works OK but the sentiment is rather retrograde. The days when women routinely traded a career for marriage are long past. Diana might want to reply she would rather keep giving her career 100% of her attention or words to that effect.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Nov-2016 at 23:44. Reason: Fixed minor typo
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    #4

    Re: Stick to her career

    Consider using "focus on" instead of "stick to" in that sentence.

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    #5

    Re: Stick to her career

    To me, a career might come before having children, but I can't see that being married would have such an impact on her working life nowadays.

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    Re: Stick to her career

    If you wanted to indicate that she was so focused on her career that she didn't have time for romantic relationships, it would make more sense. In the majority of western cultures these days, there is no connection between being married/single and having/not having a career.
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    Re: Stick to her career

    Remember, too, that many women in Western Europe and North America (and possibly elsewhere - I don't know) do not succumb to the pressures of the past to feel the need to 'be married'. They often, if they so desire, enter into short- or long-term relationships without feeling the need to 'be married'. Such relationships do not affect their working life.

    It is also no longer a given that women must want to have children. Many do, but are often free to choose when to have children, and can arrange to balance children and career so that they can enjoy both, helped by the fact that fathers are increasingly realising that their role does not stop at the act of conception. And, of course, if women/couples choose to be child-free, that is no longer regarded as a sign of failure.

    Both my daughter and my second wife are child-free - by choice. They have both been successful in their chosen careers, but that is because of their abilities, not because of their child-free status. The 'glass ceiling' may still be there for women in some areas, but that is, regrettably, because of their gender, not because they have children.

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    #8

    Re: Stick to her career

    My question was about a sentence. I did not ask anyone about the women in the 21th century.

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    Re: Stick to her career

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    My question was about a sentence. I did not ask anyone about the women in the 21th 21st century.
    The first few comments referred specifically to the sentence. We then elected to try to help you further by giving some more information which might help you when dealing with different cultures. If you (or Diana) gave that explanation for being unmarried, it would be met with some confusion by a lot of people. In addition, you might not be interested in our comments but other learners might well be. Bear that in mind in future. Feel free to ignore any useful information if you don't want to know it.
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    Re: Stick to her career

    It's a public forum and other people from many countries and cultures may read the thread.

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