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Ticce's avatar

The use of the word "warrant"?

Asked by Ticce (46points) August 25th, 2021
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Do you find these sentences correct/idiomatic?

It warranted her the right to apply for the job.
It warranted her to apply for the job.

(If your first language is not English, mention it)

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zenvelo's avatar

They aren’t incorrect. They are a bit awkward. People don’t use warranted in that manner in everyday speech, especially in the second example.

“Warranted” implies ether a sort of authorization, or implies a reason or justification. Those sense would not be used in a conversation about someone seeking a job.

Forever_Free's avatar

Think of the use of warranted as something required or needed with urgency.

It required her the right to apply for the job.
It required her to apply for the job.

Does not seem correct.

Ticce's avatar

@Forever_Free Why do you associate WARRANT with REQUIRE? Warrant means to entitle someone with a good reason for doing something.

Forever_Free's avatar

@Ticce it was just a little synonym check I use when determining if use of the word is warranted.

zenvelo's avatar

@Ticce “warrant“does not connote entitlement. Authorization or assurance are not the same as entitlement.

janbb's avatar

@Ticce You seem to ask questions about usage and then argue with the people who are telling you things. Perhaps you would do better in a class. I think you need to learn more than you can get from us; besides usage your grammar is often incorrect.

Ticce's avatar

@Forever_Free Let’s use your approach. I have found a sentence with the word “require” in a dictionary. The work required great patience. It should be OK to substitute it for “warrant”. The work warranted great patience. Does it sound correct?

janbb's avatar

@Ticce That use of warranted is correct.

Ticce's avatar

@janbb You say that as if it’s a bad thing that I argue. Tell me that you never argue… and I will pretend to believe you. Where was my grammar wrong? But is your second langauge better than my English? English is my second language.

One of the definitions of WARRANT is this: to give authority to; authorize.
What does this mean? The work warranted great patience. The worked authorized great patience?????

janbb's avatar

I’m trying to say that when you are asking for help, coming across as belligerent does not inspire participation. You can ask for elucidation without sounding aggrieved.

I think warrant is a slippery word with many connotations and should probably be avoided when you are studying English.

In your first sentence, the use of warrant doesn’t make sense. “It warranted her” – what is the “it”? and also warranted does not take a direct object. Why not just say simply that “She had the right to apply for the job” although I’m not even sure where rights come into it when applying for a job.

And yes, I make many, many mistakes when I try to speak French but I am glad for the instruction.

raum's avatar

I think you could replace warranted with called for.

Closer to reason for or justification for, than to required.

kneesox's avatar

> Do you find these sentences correct/idiomatic?

Definitely not idiomatic.

I think the vast majority of English speakers would respond to those sentences with some variation of “What does that mean?”

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