Incorrect spelling, explanation: quite a common mistake in the spelling of the word competitive is to use the letter -a instead of -i, which gives the incorrect form
competative. The mistake probably comes from the fact that many English words have the -ative ending. In this case, however, the form is wrong.
Correct spelling, explanation: the word competitive has its origin in the Latin word competit, which used to mean strive for. The form competitive that we know today appeared quite late, not until the early 19th century English. When it comes to grammar, the word competitive is classified as an adjective.
Definition of competitive:
1. adjective – involving some kind of rivalry,
You need to show resilience if you want to succeed in competitive sports.
2. adjective – a personality trait, which means that somebody likes winning,
She is so competitive that doesn’t have many friends at work.
3. adjective – refers to prices or services that are better than others,
The company offers really competitive prices for high-quality products.
Other common words that come from the same word family include competition (a noun), competitively (an adverb), and competitiveness (a noun).
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