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    Eligible

    Can something be eligible eg. an eligible movie (that meets some criteria) ?
    If not, what adjective can be used ?

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    Re: Eligible

    I strongly doubt, eligible can be used for objects. Albeit I too would like to know which equivalent adjective should be used for objects.


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    In the same vein, how do you say with an adjective that something can be taken into account ?

    I came up with "applicable" and "relevant", but that's not exactly the same meaning...

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    Re: Eligible

    How about "up to par"? It could be used as an adjectival phrase.

    From Collins CoBuild:

    "If you say that someone or something is not up to par, you are disappointed in them because they are below the standard you expected."

    How about:

    "The movie was up to par."

    or

    "The movie was on par with my expectations."


    "If you say that two people or things are on a par with each other, you mean that they are equally good or bad, or equally important."

    What do you think?


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    Thank you, but that's not exactly the same meaning either.
    If, for instance, you count the number of pupils, from families in financial difficulty, that could benefit from free extra support. You can't say Mary - who always got A's - is not "up to par" in this context. You may say that Jack "qualifies". But is there an adjective, eg. "the teachers called the parents of all ___ pupils" ?

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    Re: Eligible

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois View Post
    Thank you, but that's not exactly the same meaning either.
    If, for instance, you count the number of pupils, from families in financial difficulty, that could benefit from free extra support. You can't say Mary - who always got A's - is not "up to par" in this context. You may say that Jack "qualifies". But is there an adjective, eg. "the teachers called the parents of all ___ pupils" ?
    You could use eligible there, or 'qualifying'.

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    Re: Eligible

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois View Post
    Can something be eligible eg. an eligible movie (that meets some criteria) ?
    If not, what adjective can be used ?
    People are qualified, movies are not. They can, however, like people, qualify for something.

    Would worthy work?

    All the best.

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    Oops. Sorry, Bob. I didn't see you there.


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    Re: Eligible

    Is the following sentence correct:
    "Papers must be at least 10,000 words long to be published. I have four qualifying papers."
    ?

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    Re: Eligible

    Not at all - ladies first!

    Incidentally, there's a particular meaning of 'eligible' - 'eligible for an attractive/comfortable/socially desirable marriage'. Context will often make it clear when this meaning applies, but this is an example of a word that can be over-interpreted if not used with care.

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