see = experience?

sylwiano44

Member
Polish
1. Is the word "see" used in the question below in a correct way? Does it sound ok? What I meant was 'experience' or something like this.

"The purpose of this paper is to research whether states with high cost of living see increased support for sheltered housing........"

Thanks!
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    Is the word "see" used in the question below in a correct way?
    1. It is not a question. It is a statement. The main clause is "The purpose of this paper is".

    2. The "see" doesn't work in AE. Usually the thing that we "see" is an unplanned result. Here the thing is "increased support by government", which is planned, voted on, etc. It is not the result of "higher cost of living". It is the result of state politics.

    Your statement says the paper compares two things: cost of living and government-subsidized housing. That is fine. But your sentence talks as if these two things are cause-and-effect, which is not fine.
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    "The purpose of this paper is to research whether states with high cost of living see increased support for sheltered housing........"
    WRF asks for full sentences and that would help here.

    If I complete the sentence:
    "The purpose of this paper is to research whether states with high a cost of living see increased support for sheltered housing as an effective use of money."
    Here, 'see' does not mean "experience" - it means "think" or "have the opinion that".
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top