‘Practitioner’ is related to the word practice. Someone who ‘practices’ is a ‘practitioner.’ The most common usage is ‘medical practitioner’ which means doctor – someone who practices medicine. You can see that it doesn’t refer to a beginner; it refers to someone who is accomplished and/or qualified.
When you learn new vocab, make sure that you note collocations too. For this group of words some collocations are:
practitioner of, practitioner in
prospect of, prospect for
Check the meanings of the words if you don’t already know them. Check the meanings of the various forms as sometimes they are different. You can check them at Time4english by clicking the words (http://www.time4english.com/aamain/lounge/awl.asp).
Complete the sentences. Choose the correct word and then use the correct form of the word.
- The world needs to change______________ if it is going to survive climate change. (radical, predominant)
- Herbert is a ______________ of natural medicine. (prospect, practitioner)
- If you want to be an engineer, being good at maths is a real _______________. (practitioner, plus)
- Toorak is a _______________ wealthy area of Melbourne. (predominant, radical)
- We had hundreds of ______________ applicants for the job, but I’ve shortlisted only two. (plus, prospect)
Answers (in the wrong order)
5. prospective 3. plus 2. practitioner 1. radically 4. predominantly