Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Are the usages of "premise" correct .What words can I use here ?

1) A premise like commitment can help an individual to grow.

2) Integrity is one of the most important premises that a man can have.

share|improve this question

closed as off topic by David Schwartz, RegDwigнt Jul 23 '12 at 7:31

Questions on English Language & Usage Stack Exchange are expected to relate to English language and usage within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
Please clarify your question. What do you find confusing or misleading here? What do you mean by "What words can I use here"? For your reference: dictionary and thesaurus entries. –  coleopterist Jul 22 '12 at 15:53
    
I meant, does the usage of "premise" correct and meaningful in the sentences ? –  Ash Jul 22 '12 at 16:22
    
In the first instance, no, and it's difficult to suggest a replacement without more context for what you are intending to communicate. Checking the dictionary entry should help show you why the usage is incorrect. In the second sentence, you don't actually use the word premise. Given your first sentence, I suspect you are conflating "promise" and "premise". –  rhuffstedtler Jul 23 '12 at 1:53
    
im sorry,I updated the question.both cases I meant "premises" –  Ash Jul 23 '12 at 3:22
    
This question is not a good fit for this site. Please support the proposed site for English language learners. Please also note that the whitespace goes after periods/question marks, not before. Thank you. –  RegDwigнt Jul 23 '12 at 7:30

1 Answer 1

Neither of OP's examples are valid uses of "premise", for which OED defines only the "Logic" sense as applicable to the word in the singular form...

A previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion.

Clearly, OP's commitment and integrity are not "propositions". Integrity is easily described as a [character] attribute, but I wouldn't say that applies to commitment - for which the best I can come up with is life choice (plain action seems a bit weak in OP's context).

Note that there are a whole raft of different meanings for plural "premises", but those seem to be outside the scope of the question.

share|improve this answer
1  
To adapt Flann O'Brien, arguments are always suspect if they're being made on licensed premises. –  Barrie England Jul 23 '12 at 6:45

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.