よくある間違い: Challenge

Many Japanese think challenge means enter, try or compete. I see it misused on very often on TV and advertisements.  

Common mistakes

  • (NG) I will challenge the swimming competition

    • (OK!) I will compete in the swimming competition

  • (NG) You should challenge the lottery

    • (OK!) You should enter the lottery

  • (NG) I will challenge the test.

    • (OK!) I will attempt the test 

Challenge (動詞) means call to fight

  • Tom thinks he is better at air hockey.  I think I am better at air hockey.

    • I will challenge Tom in air hockey

  • Alex thought he was faster than me.

    • Alex challenged me to a race

  • A supermarket sold bad meat to a woman.  The woman became sick.  

    • The woman challenged the supermarket in court.  

Challenging (形容詞) means something is difficult and makes you think

  • Tests are difficult = Tests are challenging

  • Solving a Rubik’s Cube is challenging

  • Going to be Mars will be very challenging  

Challenge (名詞) means a difficult task

  • I’m going to take the 30 day no karage challenge.

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