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English words: Benefit Vs Interest  

2012-09-26 03:40:12|  分类: Confusing Words |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Interest as a noun: Regard for one's own benefit or advantage; self-interest (a reason for wanting something done)
                               The things that bring advantages to someone or something.

"personal interest" is defined as "Any financial, ownership, or employment interest in the subject of a vote..."
  Personal interests are rarely important to anyone but the individual.

"public interest" deals with the interest of the general public.
The public interest refers to the "common well-being" or "general welfare". The public interest is central to policy debates, politics, democracy and the nature of government itself.

Example of something done in the public's interest - the court procedures were made public and shown live on tv
Link :
The watergate scandal

Ethics code:  Conflict of interests (business conflicts)
"No person subject to this code shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her public duties or employment."


* have somebody's (best) interests at heart (=care about someone and want to do what is best for them)
* be in the national/public interest
to be good or necessary for the safety or success of a country and its people
*
in the interest(s) of justice/safety/efficiency etc in order to make a situation or system fair, safe etc:
* (just) out of interest/as a matter of interest spoken used to say that you are asking a question only because you are interested and not because you need to know:

Interest is money earned. ex checking accounts or savings accounts pay interest to their clients. A bonus is a reward for job well done, ex. trip, money bonuses OR the extra money that you must pay back when you borrow money (a fixed charge for borrowing money)

Interest:
(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something - If you have an interest in a particular company or industry, you own shares in it:


Interest as a verb: If you have an interest in something or someone, you want to know or learn more about them

* to make someone want to pay attention to something and find out more about it:
(Here's an article which might interest you.)

* interest yourself in something: formal to give something a lot of attention because you want to find out more about it
(He had always interested himself in foreign affairs)
* to try to persuade someone to buy, do, or eat something
(
The salesman tried to interest me in the higher-priced model)

COLLOCATIONS English words: Benefit Vs Interest - 【QQ Talk 3110393】 - GLOBAL FAMILY
have an interest in something - show interest (in something) - 
express (an) interest (in something) (=say that you are interested in something or want to buy it)
 Declare an interest (in something):  to officially state that you are connected with something or someone, and so cannot be completely fair and independent when making a decision involving them
take an interest (in something)
(=be interested in something)

have no interest in something
-
lose interest (in something)
(=stop being interested)

arouse/generate/attract interest
(=make people interested)

pique somebody's interest
American English (=make someone interested)

great/keen interest
abiding interest (=an interest you have had for a long time)
lack of interest
with interest
Human interest/love interest: the part of a story, film, or event which is interesting because it shows things about people's lives or romantic relationships:


Idiom: in the interest/interests of : To the advantage of; for the sake of:
Example: thinking in the interest of the whole family;
Example: they ate breakfast on the train in the interest of time.


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Benefit as a verb: to derive benefit from, be beneficial for
(past tense and past participle
benefited
, present participle benefiting)

If you benefit from something or it benefits you, it gives you an advantage, improves your life, or helps you in some way
Example: They are working together to benefit the whole community.


Benefit as a noun
* an advantage, improvement, or help that you get from something
(insurance, Welfare etc)
* Money from the govermment: British English money provided by the government to people who are sick, unemployed, or have little money [= welfare American English] unemployment/housing/child etc benefit
* Extra things: extra money or other advantages that you get as part of your job or from insurance that you have (Fringe benefit)

* Give somebody the benefit of the doubt to accept what someone tells you even though you think they may be wrong or lying, but you cannot be sure (to believe something good about someone, rather than something bad)

* with the benefit of hindsight/experience:
used to say it is easier to know the right thing to do after something has happened or if you have a lot of experience
* benefit concert/performance
performance etc arranged to make money for charity:


COLLOCATIONS English words: Benefit Vs Interest - 【QQ Talk 3110393】 - GLOBAL FAMILY
be of benefit (to somebody) (=be useful to someone)
have the benefit of something

get/gain/derive benefit (from something)

reap the benefits (of something)
(=enjoy the advantages of something)

the full benefit (of something)

for somebody's benefit
be to the benefit of somebody
mutual benefit (=useful to two or more people)
with/without the benefit (of something)
(=using/not using something)

economic/financial/social benefits

health benefits

something outweighs the benefits of something
(=something is more important than the benefits)


Benefit
is something that a business offers their employees, ex. health ins. 401K, gym memberships.
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