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Thread poster: cuckowski
cuckowski
Local time: 00:20
English to Polish
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Jan 28, 2005

Dear translators/native speakers of Enlish

I am having problems/doubts about the use of the phrase "conducive to" [help sth, support, lead to sth] stating the result of sth. I noticed in many cases people tend to use "conductive to" instead. The problem is it is not supported by any dictionary I have access to [they all give only one meaning of conductive = leading electric current].

Still, on the internet there are many examples of the "wrong" use, also in native speakers' English.

So are these just two optional phrases or just a wide-spread error?

Could you please comment on that, help me out?


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 23:20
French to English
conducive to Jan 28, 2005

speaking as a native British English speaker.

But think you should post it as Eng>Eng kudoz question!


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Agnieszka Hayward
Poland
Local time: 00:20
German to Polish
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EN mono Jan 28, 2005

Hi,

I suggest you post the above as an English monolingual question here on Proz.com.

HTH
Agnieszka


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Tony Pratschke
Ireland
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Irish to English
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Conducive Jan 28, 2005

Hello!

I am a native speaker of English, living in Ireland. You are correct when you suggest that "conducive to" is the right form. I have never heard or seen "conductive to" used in this context. I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Tony Pratschke

cuckowski wrote:

Dear translators/native speakers of Enlish

I am having problems/doubts about the use of the phrase "conducive to" [help sth, support, lead to sth] stating the result of sth. I noticed in many cases people tend to use "conductive to" instead. The problem is it is not supported by any dictionary I have access to [they all give only one meaning of conductive = leading electric current].

Still, on the internet there are many examples of the "wrong" use, also in native speakers' English.

So are these just two optional phrases or just a wide-spread error?

Could you please comment on that, help me out?


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RobinB  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 00:20
German to English
conductive Jan 28, 2005

is a spelling mistake (well at least it is here).

HTH,
Robin


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Kevin Kelly  Identity Verified
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"conducive to" Jan 28, 2005

I am a native speaker of English (for 50 years now!) and have made making my living with the language all my adult life. Until reading your posting I had never heard "conductive to." It is simply incorrect.

Hope this helps.


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Kevin Kelly  Identity Verified
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"conducive to" Jan 28, 2005

I am a native speaker of English (for 50 years now!) and have made my living with the language all my adult life. Until reading your posting I had never heard "conductive to." It is simply incorrect.

Hope this helps.


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RHELLER
United States
Local time: 16:20
French to English
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conducive (only) Jan 28, 2005

I agree with Tony, Robin and Charlie!

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NancyLynn
Canada
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Well, you've got your answer : conducive to Jan 29, 2005

but in future, when you have such a question, just post it to English-English KudoZ. You'll get more answers that way, as tygru mentioned earlier. Plus you get to grant points to the answer you select, and the answer will make its way to the KudoZ Open Glossary (aka KoG), for future reference (yes, others who are seeking the same answer will be able to find it easily!)

Nancy


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