a waste of energy and expense

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lgr632525968

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Chinese
I don't think the ball is worth the efforts. It ended up in failure.It is just a waste of energy and expense.

I wonder whether "a waste of" here is correctly used here.

Thanks.
 
  • Hi lgr, I would expect a little bit of time concordance here:

    This is how I would write it in the past tense:

    I don't think the ball was worth the efforts. It ended up in failure. It was just a waste of money and energies.

    In this sentence I don't see any problem in the use of a waste of.
     

    Matthew Offner

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    English- United States
    To expand on "chip's" response:

    "I don't think the ball was worth the effort. [It ended up in failure.] It was just a waste of money and energy."

    Typically the words "effort" and "energy" are not pluralized in English.
    Also, the portion in brackets, is a bit redundant. I would leave that out.

    Hope this helps!
     
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