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What form is the most correct?

This justifies the permanence of the candidate in the current institution

or

This justifies the maintenance of the candidate in the current institution

Is there any suitable alternative?

  • Did you look either up in a dictionary? Also please visit ell.stackexchange.com – mplungjan Nov 27 '13 at 10:45
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    Perhaps you want "this justifies the continuance of the candidate...?" – Autoresponder Nov 27 '13 at 11:10
  • The choice and possible alternative depends on what you intend to say in the first place. Decide what you want to say, then maybe, come back and ask. – Kris Nov 27 '13 at 11:11
  • @Autoresponder Your handle can confuse people :) why not add a few digits somewhere? – Kris Nov 27 '13 at 11:12
  • Hi mplungjan thanks for the tip. I didn´t know about a version for english learners. Thanks for the suggestion Autoresponder. – user58326 Nov 27 '13 at 11:26
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Both forms are correct in the sense that they are grammatical and convey meaning. The most appropriate choice between the two words would entirely depend on what you want to say. Here are some basic dictionary definitions to get you started. If neither of these perfectly match your intended meaning then I suggest using a thesaurus.

permanence — permanent condition: existence in the same form forever or for a very long time

maintenance — continuing repair work: work that is done regularly to keep a machine, building, or piece of equipment in good condition and working order

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