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OP Originally Posted By: ollyAre you for it being o.k.?
I was for "improve its weaknesses." I also did not understand how there could be any real difference between "improve its weaknesses" and "improve on/upon its weaknesses." If one was bad, so was the other (IMO). I agree with the statements that either construction is weak. The other alternatives for "improve" that you have suggested are much better and on target. I'm really grateful for all the wonderful advice and the comments you have shared with me. Thanks guys!
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OP Originally Posted By: ParkinTBTW, Heini, Welcome!!!
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BTW, a quick question. Is there any difference between "A case study of companies" and "A case study on companies"? Are both prepositions acceptable?
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Not sure, 'Of' would indicate a few companies; 'on' would indicate companies in general. That's only if you name examples, though.
By the way, did you notice that the phrase 'not sure' allowed me to spout random advice without corroborating it? A fun thing indeed, that.
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In the medical field, my background, a case study is an indepth look at one case, ie. one patient's specific problem, treatment and outcome. You cannot do a case study of arthritis, only of Mr. X who has arthritis. So I would assume that a case study on companies would look at very few specific companies in detail. A case study of companies in general would be an oxymoron.
I'm curious to know how you would say the opposite of these words: "Improve its weaknesses". (or improve on etc.)
Would you say worsen its weaknesses? Make its weaknesses worse?
Increase? is there a single, active word for that?
I'd say exacerbate.. but that's just me. <g>
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Ah! exacerbate! aggravate and exasperate I found now. But...
- ken (erin go braugh!) speckle. ??
Who *says "weakness" is a bad thing?
Weakness is a luxury only few can afford.
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