Incorrect spelling, explanation: the ending -ative is quite popular in English and, thus, many users of English spell the word competitive wrongly by using this ending instead of the correct version. The form
competative, however, is wrong so do not use it.
Correct spelling, explanation: it is a relatively young word in English as it appeared as late as the 19th century. This commonly used adjective comes from the Latin verb competit, which meant to want something very much. Later it evolved into the meaning that we know today.
Definition of competitive:
1. adjective – that may refer to prices for goods or services, a personality quality, or an activity that involves some kind of competition.
Competitive prices make their shop very popular among the locals.
If you continue to be so competitive, you will end up stressed and burnt out.
Competitive sports require working under a lot of pressure.
Expressions and collocations with competitive:
Some interesting collocations include:
1. competitive edge – a situation when a company is better than its competitors,
Nobody knows how the company has managed to maintain a competitive edge for so many years.
2. anti-competitive – preventing the competition between companies,
The government introduced a new anti-competitive law to promote fair business.
3. competitive analysis – analysis of the market to know the weaknesses and strengths of the competition,
The competitive analysis revealed that we need to improve the quality of our service.
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