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    Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    If some people think they DESERVE more opportunities than you, no matter how little they contribute to the society, and no matter what your achievements are, what word or phrase could be used to describe them?
    I don't think privileged, condescending, superior, or arrogant are correct.

    Would "self-centered" be close to what is correct?

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    The word "entitled" has been growing in use in the last few years to describe such people. If you Google "definition of entitled", you will find a lot of results with example sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    Quote Originally Posted by realEnglish View Post
    If some people think they deserve more opportunities than you, no matter how little they contribute to the society, and no matter what your achievements are, what word or phrase could be used to describe them?
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    I don't think privileged, condescending, superior, or arrogant are correct.

    Would "self-centered" be close to what is correct?
    The words I've underlined should all be enclosed in quotation marks — just like "self-centered" is.

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    How about "people who want preferential treatment" or "rent seekers"?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Oct-2020 at 08:52. Reason: Adding a link to 'rent seekers' for the benefit of people like me who've never heard ot it before.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    Thank both of you for helping me!
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The word "entitled" has been growing in use in the last few years to describe such people. If you Google "definition of entitled", you will find a lot of results with example sentences.
    The definition of entitled from www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com:

    entitled

    (usually disapproving)


    • ​feeling that you have a right to the good things in life without necessarily having to work for them
      • He's so entitled!
      • The college attracts both the entitled children of wealthy parents and a large number of scholarship students.


    What if you not only feel that you have a right to the good things in life without necessarily having to work for them but also think others do not have the right to the good things even if you contribute a lot to society?

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    Quote Originally Posted by realEnglish View Post
    Thanks to both of you for helping me!


    The definition of entitled from www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com:

    entitled

    (usually disapproving)


    • ​feeling that you have a right to the good things in life without necessarily having to work for them
      • He's so entitled!
      • The college attracts both the entitled children of wealthy parents and a large number of scholarship students.


    What if you not only feel that you have a right to the good things in life without necessarily having to work for them but also think others do not have a right to the good things even if they contribute a lot to society?
    Do you have something specific in mind? A person?
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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    How about "people who want preferential treatment" or "rent seekers"?

    "Rent-seeking" is a technical term that isn't going to be understood by most people without a degree in economics.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    "Rent-seeking" is a technical term that isn't going to be understood by most people without a degree in economics.
    Unless they regularly read The Economist.
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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    rent-seeking

    adjective
    (disapproving, economics)


    • ​trying to change or control public policy or economic conditions in order to increase your own profits
      • These processes amount to rent-seeking behaviour by multinational corporations.


    (from www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com )

    No, not rent-seeking or anything alike.

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    Re: Some people believe they DESERVE more opportunities

    Say:

    or anything like that.

    I know you're talking about something other than people feeling entitled, but nothing comes to me right now. Maybe somebody else will think of something.
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