two pronged approach

danielxu85

Senior Member
Mandarin Chinese
Does "two pronged approach" make sense in this context? The writer tries to say that the government will educate and punish the corrupt officials at the same time.

We should addopt a two pronged approach for education and punishment.
 
  • mjscott

    Senior Member
    American English
    A two pronged approach would mean that we would use two methods to get to the same goal. They will use education and punishment as the two prongs to get to the same goal--which might be to end corruption (or to end whatever these corrupt officials are doing).

    Prongs are like the tines on a fork.
     

    danielxu85

    Senior Member
    Mandarin Chinese
    Thanks, mjscott! Could you tell me how to express the same idea in easier language? 'cos it has not been part of my active vocabulary.
     

    Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    the government will educate and punish the corrupt officials at the same time: your words, Daniel. And when you explain I know what you mean, when you write your fair copy I often don't.

    This form of words (in bold) is better than all this, to me, vague talk about two-pronged approaches.
     
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