Meaning of ADVANTAGE in English

ADVANTAGE

noun

1

BAD : Although the film has its advantages, it also has a serious flaw.

GOOD : Although the film has its merits/good points, it also has a serious flaw.

◆◆◆

advantage = something that puts you in a better position than other people: 'A healthier lifestyle is just one of the advantages of living in the country.' 'The main advantage of using word processors is the amount of time you save.'

merit = a good quality; a strength: 'The merits of the new health programme are gradually being recognized.' 'We should judge each application on its own merits.'

2

BAD : Television provides many advantages.

GOOD : Television provides many benefits.

◆◆◆

benefit = a good result which improves your life or situation: 'Belonging to a union has a number of important benefits.' 'It's over a month since I got back from holiday, but I still feel the benefit.'

3

BAD : What are the advantages in studying in the United States?

GOOD : What are the advantages of studying in the United States?

BAD : There are many advantages of having your own computer.

GOOD : There are many advantages to/in having your own computer.

◆◆◆

the advantage/s of (doing/having) sth: 'He described the advantages of living in the countryside.' 'The advantages of independence soon became clear.'

there are (several/many etc ) advantages to (doing/having) sth: 'There are advantages to working in a supermarket.' 'There are clear advantages to such an approach.' 'Are there any advantages in appointing coordinators?'

Longman Common Errors English vocabulary.      Английский словарь распространенных ошибок Longman.