Student or Learner
Here is a multiple choice question for an exam:
Women were ( ) to men in many careers in the past, but this is changing thanks to the increasing number of career women in high positions today.
I know the most suitable one is "subordinate". However, I'm curious about if "subsidiary" might be another possible answer for the question though it's not as suitable as "subordinate" because I found this sentence from my Cobuild dictionary.
"The economics ministry has increasingly played a subsidiary role to the finance ministry."
Is my guess correct?
Thank you for answering the question.
I don't want to show my lack of intellect but I still haven't gotten the idea… because what I imaged from the blanked sentence was men and women were working together in the same offices. Women's role was a secretary or something like they just type what men ordered… So, I think "subordinate" is definitely the correct answer, but I still don't know if "subsidiary" is possible for the sentence or not…
No kitty it`s not correct for your sentence.
subordinate - a less important position
In this firm women are subordinate to men
subsidiary - less important than something it is connected to
In our company the research department plays a subsidiary role to the finance department (usually used for organisations rather than people )
Thank you so much Tom!
This time I get the picture!