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    NBC executives

    Hi.

    Are the following two sentences natural? Will native speakers use them?

    1) NBC executives are waiting to see how the show fares in the ratings.
    2) The workers were distributed based on their special talents.


    The source is not known now. It's very likely that they are from Chinese-English websites.

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    Re: NBC executives

    Things are distributed, not people.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: NBC executives

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post

    2) The workers were distributed based on their special talents.
    I agree with tedmc. Perhaps try something like "allocated" instead.

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    Re: NBC executives

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I agree with tedmc. Perhaps try something like "allocated" instead.
    1) NBC executives are waiting to see how the show fares in the ratings.
    2) The workers were allocated based on their special talents.

    Are these two sentences okay now?

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    Re: NBC executives

    I would prefer "assigned" for people, "allocated" for objects/things.

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    Re: NBC executives

    1) NBC executives are waiting to see how the show fares in the ratings.
    2) The workers were allocated/assigned based on their special talents.
    Are these two whole sentences okay now?

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    Re: NBC executives

    If you remove "allocated".

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    Re: NBC executives

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Are those two whole sentences okay now?
    Yes, they are. And there's nothing wrong with "allocated".

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    Re: NBC executives

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Yes, they are. And there's nothing wrong with "allocated".
    In order to show my respect to all the teachers here, I wrote down both "allocated" and "assigned".

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    Re: NBC executives

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Yes, they are. And there's nothing wrong with "allocated".
    As I mentioned previously, I prefer "assigned", not that "allocated" is "wrong". From MacMillan:
    "to officially give something to someone, or to decide that something can be used for a specific purpose"

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