be respectful towards (the) natural environment

Spanish-Spain
#1
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.
Thanks,
rober
 
  • Dama_J

    Senior Member
    English
    #4
    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.
     

    ellu's

    New Member
    venezuelan spanish
    #5
    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...
     

    Dama_J

    Senior Member
    English
    #6
    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!
     
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