be respectful towards (the) natural environment

Hi every body,
I am not sure about the following sentence: (is the "the" needed)
"we want to promote a respectful behaviour towards (the) natural environment"
It´s all about defining/non defining noun...but I can´t see it now.
  • Dama_J

    Senior Member
    Hi Igotit.
    I would take out the "a"; it sounds like you just want to promote ONE respectful behaviour (i.e. not littering or something else). Assuming you're speaking more generally, this sounds more natural:

    "We want to promote respectful behaviour towards the natural environment".
    Un saludo.


    New Member
    venezuelan spanish
    is it correct the use of "towards" in this sentence?

    "...and it is also true that having a regular job could make you feel more secure towards the challenges of life."
    or it is better to say " with the challenges of life?

    thank you...


    Senior Member
    Hi ellu's.

    In your sentence I would not use toward or towards. "with" is OK but it sounds a bit odd to me, i.e. it sounds like you LIKE life's challenges and want to secure them.

    Any of these will work: "about", "in terms of", "with respect to". The first is less formal.

    Espero que te ayude. Un saludo!