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Angličtina a human resources: QUALIFICATIONS vs. QUALIFICATION

'What are your qualifications?' x 'What is your qualification?'

Are these two sentences gramatically correct?

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What do you think?

 

The English would use 'qualifications' in general speech because they would be talking about qualifications that were non-specific (that is, they could be talking about anything from a doctorate to a swimming certificate). In this case, they are talking about the qualifications - both academic and non-academic - that a person has accumulated thus far in his/her life.

If they were to say 'What is your qualification?' it would be a specific - almost aggressive - question asking a person what right they had to think that were able to do a particular job or hold a particular position within, say, an organisation.

The two sentences given above 'What are your qualifications?' x 'What is your qualification?' are perfectly good sentences.

To get an idea of their meanings, here is some sample dialogue to put them into context:

[At a job interview]

Interviewer: Well, I see from your CV, that you have some impressive qualifications.

Job seeker: It was a great experience to study for my master's degree at Charles University in Prague. I really enjoyed my time there....


[At the scene of a car accident]

Policeman (to the passenger in a crashed car): And what is your qualification as a driving instructor, sir?

 

Summary

'What are your qualifications?' 'What is your qualification?'
general speech specific (almost aggressive question)
non-specific qualifications specific qualification



 
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