might not qualify <> might not be qualified


Senior Member
I wrote:

1. She was concerned that she might not qualify for the job.
2. She was concerned that she might not be qualified for the job.

Is there a difference between "might not qualify" and "might not be qualified"?

  • dreamlike

    Senior Member
    No, not that I know of. I'd be far more likely to say your #1 example, for no apparent reason, though - I can't account for it. Others may differ.


    Senior Member
    UK English
    To qualify for something means to be suitable for it. This could mean to have the right qualifications for or to be qualified for a job. But it would be a less common way of speaking. Sentence no. 2 would be the one to choose if we are talking here about someone applying for a job.
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