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Waste

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:36 pm

"You're such a talented person. I really don't know why you're still jobless. You should come work for me. A. I hate to see talent go to waste. B. I hate seeing talent being wasted."

Hi you guys! Which sentence has better natural sounding between A and B?

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:16 pm

Both sound fine, but their meanings do not fully overlap (though I'm sure they would both work in the context of the question they are responding to).

"I hate to see talent go to waste" is the best choice here: it implies that the person possesses some talent which is not being used.

"I hate seeing talent being wasted" can have the additional connotation of the person having talent which they are either misapplying (e.g. on some frivolous venture), or which they are not applying to some worthy project or objective that they could (or should) be supporting but aren't.
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Post by tony h » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:36 pm

Wot Erik said! :D
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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Post by Stevenloan » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:45 am

Erik and tony h : Thank you two so so much.
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