Is this the proper way to use the term I have the drive to do something?

I have the drive to work in an elite company.

  • More common would be I have a goal to do something, I'm committed to doing something, or I hope to do something. They differ in how strong the drive is and how hard you expect to work at it. – Barmar Oct 21 '14 at 17:25
  • Hi @Jane, welcome to ELU. I think you need to edit your question to clarify whether you mean you have the level of ambition required to work there (some elite companies may only hire very ambitious people), or simply that you have a strong desire to work there (regardless of whether you actually meet their requirements or not). The question may well be closed as "Unclear what you're asking" if you don't. – FumbleFingers Oct 22 '14 at 20:46

It is fine in general to say I have the drive to do something. But there is something slightly off about "I have the drive to work in an elite company."

"I have the ambition to work in an elite company" is fine, as is "I have the drive required to succeed in a demanding work environment like those common in elite companies." A small edit to make it native in fluency for me is "I have the drive necessary to work in a demanding elite company."

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  • Yes. I feel there is something a little off for my original sentence. both of your revised sentences are good! Thanks! – Jane Zeng Oct 21 '14 at 19:48

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