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    subsidiary to

    Hi,
    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.
    1.subsidiary
    2.subjective
    3.subordinate
    4.successive

    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?


    Kitty


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    Re: subsidiary to

    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty View Post
    Hi,
    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.
    1.subsidiary
    2.subjective
    3.subordinate
    4.successive
    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?

    Kitty
    Hi Kitty, the key here is that subsidiary is used when two things are linked together -- eg two parts of one orgaisation.

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    #3

    Re: subsidiary to

    Hi Tom,
    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…


    Kitty


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    Re: subsidiary to

    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 )

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    #5

    Re: subsidiary to

    Thank you so much Tom!
    This time I get the picture!

    Cheers
    Kitty

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