beyond their potential

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Louders, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Louders

    Louders New Member

    English - UK
    Is it grammatically correct to ask someone to "achieve beyond their potential"?
    Surely your "potential" is already the best you can produce and it is impossible to go beyond this point.
    (This phrase appears on my professional review, so I am keen to know the answer!)
  2. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Welcome, Louders.

    I understand your confusion. Personally, I wouldn't write that sentence, but there are a lot of things used in corporate/business contexts that I wouldn't write and that doesn't stop them from being popular. It may be slightly illogical, like that cliché about giving "110 percent," but it could still be considered grammatically correct.
  3. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southern England
    English - England
    It's logically impossible, strictly speaking, but if it appeared in my professional review I wouldn't mention it, unless I was on very good terms with my boss.

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