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Offline chuliona

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Which one is correct?
« on: September 13, 2013, 08:14:52 am »
1. Upon completion of the course, you will have acquired basic langauge skills for ...
2. Upon completion of  the course, you will have basic langauge skills required for ...

Is the future perfect tense appropriate in #1?

Need advice.

Iona

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Re: Which one is correct?
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2013, 10:42:41 am »
1 is fine.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: Which one is correct?
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2013, 11:02:55 am »
Thanks but is #2 acceptable?

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Re: Which one is correct?
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2013, 11:12:05 am »
It's not wrong but I wouldn't use it because "have" is such an unprecise word. It is to weak as a statement of possessiveness or accomplishment. Note that acquired and required are to totally different words, i.e. required cannot be used as a replacement for acquired.
 
Upon completion of  the course, you will have acquired basic langauge skills (required) for ...
Upon completion of  the course, you will possess basic langauge skills (required) for ...


 
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: Which one is correct?
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2013, 12:11:55 pm »
Thanks.  It's been really helpful.
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Re: Which one is correct?
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2013, 01:25:16 pm »
I certainly do get Britta's point but I think #2 is also acceptable. However, both sentences need the definite article...  you will have acquired the basic language skills...
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