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Strengths and weaknesses #1 (permalink) Sat Jul 30, 2005 1:31 am   Strengths and weaknesses
 

Test No. incompl/advan-7 "Job Interview", question 5

Give us some idea of what you believe are your ......... and weaknesses.

(a) strength
(b) strengths
(c) force
(d) forces

Test No. incompl/advan-7 "Job Interview", answer 5

Give us some idea of what you believe are your strengths and weaknesses.

Correct answer: (b) strengths

Your answer was: incorrect
Give us some idea of what you believe are your strength and weaknesses.
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Strengths #2 (permalink) Sat Jul 30, 2005 9:05 am   Strengths
 

You need the plural here because it has to balance with weaknesses. This means your strong points and your weak points.
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Strengths and weaknesses #3 (permalink) Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:50 am   Strengths and weaknesses
 

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It is a good example that the same word when it is (C) its meaning changes when it becomes (U).
About strength -in most cases it is (U) or used in singular only. But when it means a quality or an ability that a person or thing has that gives them an advantage.
- The ability to keep calm is one of her best strength.
Or if it expresses sth of flavour; how strong a particular flavour or substance
- a range of beers with different strength

In the 90% of the cases it is uncountable.

[uncountable, singular]
1.the quality of being physically strong
He pushed against the rock with all his strength.
It may take a few weeks for you to build up your strength again.
He had a physical strength that matched his outward appearance.

strength to do something She didn't have the strength to walk any further.

2 [uncountable]
the ability that something has to resist force or hold heavy weights without breaking or being damaged
the strength of a rope

3 [uncountable, singular]
the quality of being brave and determined in a difficult situation
During this ordeal he was able to draw strength from his faith.
She has a remarkable inner strength.
You have shown great strength of character.

power/influence
4 [uncountable]
the power and influence that somebody/something has
Political power depends upon economic strength.
Their superior military strength gives them a huge advantage.
to negotiate from a position of strength
The rally was intended to be a show of strength by the socialists.

of opinion/feeling
5 [uncountable]
how strong or deeply felt an opinion or a feeling is
the strength of public opinion
This view has recently gathered strength (= become stronger or more widely held).
I was surprised by the strength of her feelings.

of natural force
6. [uncountable]
how strong a natural force is
the strength of the sun
wind strength
the strength and direction of the tide

of flavour
8 [uncountable, countable]
how strong a particular flavour or substance is
Add more curry powder depending on the strength required.(U)
a range of beers with different strengths (= with different amounts of alcohol in them) (C.)
a packet of double-strength mints (adj with plural noun)

of currency
9 [uncountable]
how strong a country's currency (= unit of money) is in relation to other countries' currencies
the strength of the dollar

number in group
10 [uncountable]
the number of people in a group, a team or an organization
The strength of the workforce is about to be doubled from 3000 to 6000.
The team will be back at full strength (= with all the best players) for the next match.
The protesters turned out in strength (= in large numbers).
These cuts have left the local police force under strength (= with fewer members than it needs).
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Strengths and weaknesses #4 (permalink) Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:05 am   Strengths and weaknesses
 

I think you need 'strengths' in both of your examples. Kati.
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Strengths and weaknesses #5 (permalink) Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:36 am   Strengths and weaknesses
 

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Hello Alan,

I copied the examples from Oxford English Dictionary. Really -I am very sorry - I couldn't decode your sentence. Why did you write me strength in plural in this sentence?

What means this sentence that I need 'strengths' in both of my examples?

These examples seemed to me unambiguous. Or not?

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Strengths and weaknesses #6 (permalink) Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:17 pm   Strengths and weaknesses
 

Hi Kati,

This is what I am referring to:

Quote:
- The ability to keep calm is one of her best strength.
Or if it expresses sth of flavour; how strong a particular flavour or substance
- a range of beers with different strength


In both cases it should read 'strengths'.
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Strengths and weaknesses #7 (permalink) Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:37 pm   Strengths and weaknesses
 

Hello Alan, I understand you. That's why I try to summarize this.

The ability to keep calm is one of her best strength.

But when I say for example.
I admire his strength that he could cope with every problem which he has met. Here, can we use the strength in plural?

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