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ry8101

Member
Persian
Hello

I have been looking for a job for a long time but yet I have found nothing.
Is it correct to say:

there is no response to my pursuits.

thanks.
 
  • Hau Ruck

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Sorry that would not sound very idiomatic in English.

    You'd more likely hear something like,
    "I haven't got any hits (yet)." (common speak/idiomatic)
    or
    "I've not had a single call back". (haven't had any calls back [yet])
    or
    "I haven't got any responses back."
    or
    "I still haven't found anything."
    or
    "I'm still jobless."
    or
    "Not a single company has called me back (for an interview).
     

    ry8101

    Member
    Persian
    thanks. what about when you follow for example a file in a court and you don't get any results. Can we say my pursuit had no result.
    or I've got the meaning of pursuit totally wrong?
     

    Hau Ruck

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    You have "pursuit" correct, it's just not used idiomatically in such ways.

    You could say such things; you'd just not sound like a native English speaker. :)

    The only time we really say pursuit is perhaps a police officer chasing a criminal.
    "The officer is in pursuit of the thief."

    Using pursuit, the way you have, just sounds almost too poetic. As in the movie Pursuit of Happyness [sic].

    Again, pursuit can be used, it just would not sound native to our ears in the situations you are presenting them in. :)

    Edit: Mind you, this is my AmE perspective. BrE may be completely different in how pursuit is used.
     
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