Author Topic: Chat - May 2022  (Read 430 times)

Offline Obviousman

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Chat - May 2022
« on: May 09, 2022, 09:10:07 PM »
This one came up and I wanted to hear the opinion of others: Is the correct term:

"Expert in their field"

or

"Expert in the field"

I favour the former although I can see times when the latter would be... appropriate.

Offline Bryanpoprobson

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Re: Chat - May 2022
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2022, 08:08:14 AM »
I always thought that you use the phrase Expert in the field of……..
And this person is an expert in their field.

Ie two distinct uses.
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Offline gillianren

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Re: Chat - May 2022
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2022, 11:05:18 AM »
Yeah, with "the field," you have to specify what field.  Now, if you're already discussing, say, historical costuming or 3D printing or whatever, and you reference a person, at that point it becomes perfectly acceptable to just say "an expert in the field," because at that point it's understood that they're an expert in the field under discussion.
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