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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?


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?



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

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