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EdisonBhola

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Korean
Hi all,

My son's non-native English teacher wrote this sentence in a worksheet as an example sentence:

What was Beckham's achievement in World Cup Competition?

My question relates to the use of "in World Cup Competition". Is it idiomatic? I think there should be "the" before "World Cup", and "World Cup Competition" just doesn't sound right.

Do you agree?
 
  • heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Your son's teacher was using 'competition' in an uncountable way.

    He or she could have said ' . . . the World Cup Competition', but that would only refer to one specific event, and one which they had already been talking about.

    'Competition' shouldn't be capitalised in either sentence.
     

    EdisonBhola

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Your son's teacher was using 'competition' in an uncountable way.

    He or she could have said ' . . . the World Cup Competition', but that would only refer to one specific event, and one which they had already been talking about.

    'Competition' shouldn't be capitalised in either sentence.
    So the sentence would be correct if she had written "in World Cup competition"?

    Is it better to simply say "the World Cup"?
     

    heypresto

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, 'competition' is not part of the name of the event, so it doesn't require a capital C.

    I don't think it would necessarily be better, but yes, she could have said ' . . . the World Cup.'
     
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