[Grammar] But (a) true leadership can’t be conquered like this

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GuiAlmeida

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I'm writing a mini story for kids, and it's about leadership and team work.

Should i write:
"But a true leadership can’t be conquered like this."


or:
"But true leadership can't be conquered like this.:"


*with or without the "a".
**also, should I use "this" or "that" at the end of the sentence?

This sentence follows a paragraph about a failed attempt to be a leader.


Thank you so much!
 

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I'm writing a mini story for kids, and it's about leadership and teamwork.

Should I write:
"But a true leadership can’t be conquered like this."
No, that doesn't work.

or:
"But true leadership can't be conquered like this."
That's better, but I'm not sure if "conquered" is the right word. Can you provide more of your text?

Also, should I use "this" or "that" at the end of the sentence?
See my answer above.

Thank you so much!
You're welcome, and thanks for joining the forum. :)
 

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Re: Which is right and why?

'leadership' is not countable. Therefore, you cannot have a (one) leadership.
 

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Welcome back after three and a half years, A.Russell.:-D

Please read this extract from the latest Posting Guidelines:

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If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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Wow, I didn't know anyone would remember me.

I have a Trinity College London TESOL Certificate, a B.A. in linguistics and about twenty years' experience off and on. So is it okay if I post in this forum?
 

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It certainly is!

Your qualifications entitle you to change your member type to English Teacher.
 

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That's better, but I'm not sure if "conquered" is the right word. Can you provide more of your text?

Thank you so much for the quick answer!
Such a good insight.
Please follow bellow:

Max really wanted to be the leader of the group.
But he did not understand what it meant to be a leader.
He began to tell his friends what to do.
As if he was a sergeant.

*Buttrue leadership can’t be conquered like this.*
Leadership is gained after you help and invest.
Telling others what to do does not make you are a leader.


 
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GuiAlmeida, I have changed your thread title. Titles should include some/all of the words/phrases you are querying.
 

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Re: Which is right and why?

Please [STRIKE]follow[/STRIKE] take a look at my text below [STRIKE]bellow[/STRIKE]:

Max really wanted to be the leader of the group.
But he did not understand what it meant to be a leader.
He began to tell his friends what to do, as if he was a sergeant.

But true leadership can’t be [STRIKE]conquered[/STRIKE] achieved like that. [STRIKE]this.*[/STRIKE]

Leadership is [STRIKE]gained[/STRIKE] attained after you help and invest in others.


Telling others what to do does not make you [STRIKE]are[/STRIKE] a leader.

See above.
 
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