# Thread: what are the determinants of the quality food

1. ## what are the determinants of the quality food

Hello

Has "determinant" been used correctly in these sentences? I wrote them myself.

I don't think price is a determinant of the quality of the food we buy. And I don't think expensive restaurants are necessarily better than cheaper ones.

I think the determinants of the quality food include freshness and also the way it is cooked.

2. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

Keep it simple and say I think freshness and the way it's cooked determine the quality of food.

3. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

Yes, it has, but you could replace it with determining factor if you want to be more easily understood.

However, the rest of the first sentence is not right and so needs to be rephrased. There are several ways to do that. Here are just two:

I don't think price is a determining factor when it comes to choosing the quality of food we buy.
I don't think price is a determining factor in our choice of what quality of food to buy.

I imagine other members may have other formulations to suggest.

4. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

"Determinant" gives me bad flashbacks to linear algebra class.

5. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

I think I will go with determining factor.

Or maybe use other words altogether.

Is this fine?

The quality of food has less to do with price than with the freshness of the ingredients and the way they are cooked.

6. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

Do you really think that price has anything to do with the quality of food? Apart from being purely correlative?

What I'm saying is, price does not determine the quality of food in any way—it's precisely the other way round. From the way you've phrased your sentence, it's not clear what you mean.

7. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

Originally Posted by jutfrank
Do you really think that price has anything to do with the quality of food? Apart from being purely correllative?

What I'm saying is, price does not determine the quality of food in any way—it's precisely the other way round. From the way you've phrased your sentence, it's not clear what you mean.
That is a good point.

I want to answer this question: Do you think expensive restaurants are always better than cheap ones?

How can I use "has less to do with" to answer it?

I don't think price is a determining factor in the quality food at restaurants.

People think expensive restaurants offer higher quality of food. But I think quality of food in a restaurant has less to do with the price of the food on the menu than with the freshness of ingredient.

Now that I think about it. The second sentence does not make much sense. But how can I use "has less to do with" to answer this question?

8. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

Originally Posted by alpacinoutd
I want to answer this question: Do you think expensive restaurants are always better than cheap ones?
Here's a tip: The answer to any question that includes the word 'always' is almost always no!

How can I use "has less to do with" to answer it?

People think expensive restaurants offer higher quality of food. But I think quality of food in a restaurant has less to do with the price of the food on the menu than with the freshness of ingredient.

Now that I think about it. The second sentence does not make much sense. But how can I use "has less to do with" to answer this question?
Actually, what you say there does make sense in some perverse way, because you're effectively saying that people are wrong to imagine that prices determine the quality of food. (That is, if I understand correctly.)

Still, I'd reformulate the whole idea more clearly, without using has less to do with. As I said, it has nothing to do with it, except in a purely correlative way.

9. ## Re: what are the determinants of the quality food

Originally Posted by jutfrank
Here's a tip: The answer to any question that includes the word 'always' is almost always no!

Actually, what you say there does make sense in some perverse way, because you're effectively saying that people are wrong to imagine that prices determine the quality of food. (That is, if I understand correctly.)

Still, I'd reformulate the whole idea more clearly, without using has less to do with. As I said, it has nothing to do with it, except in a purely correlative way.
Yes. You are right. It has nothing to do with price.

Maybe I can say something like this:

The quality of food in my opinion has less to do with the way it was prepared than with how fresh its ingredients are.

But I can't say this about the price.

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