Is this sentence is wrong?

Attitude should be professional looks need not to be

If yes, then what's the correct way or approach to write it in a correct grammatical way?

May I know why it should be "needs" instead of "need", and "look" instead of "looks" as suggested by some?

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    Please explain your question a bit more. It is not grammatically correct. – Rayner Apr 27 '16 at 15:57
  • You must insert a comma after 'professional' and 'look' should be singular : "Attitude should be professional, look needs not to be – Graffito Apr 27 '16 at 15:58
  • @Rayner what's the correct grammatical way to say same thing? – tarun Apr 27 '16 at 15:59
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    @Graffito thank you for help but may i know why you used "needs" instead of "need" and "look" instead of "looks" ? – tarun Apr 27 '16 at 16:04
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    You can rephrase it as follows: Attitude should be professional, while looks do not need to. – mido mido Apr 27 '16 at 16:15

Or just: Attitude should be professional, looks need not be.


The only grammatical correction I would make would be to delete to, but the sentence does need punctuation after professional. Semicolon or em dash is probably your best bet there. As for look vs. looks, I would positively prefer the former, singular form, even though the plural form might be more familiar: one’s looks refers more to the gifts of nature (high cheekbones, straight nose, that sort of thing), where one’s look refers more to an ensemble of clothing and accessories, with coiffure and grooming being somewhere in between or shared. And with that distinction in mind, look seems a better match to the advertisement’s intent.

Attitude should be professional; look need not be.

Note that even with singular look, the modal expression need not does not become needs not—it is subjunctive, not indicative, and as noted and shown it governs a bare infinitive, not the kind with to.


Attitude should always be professional. Looks need not be.


Your sentence is not grammatical. There are several ways to rephrase it. For example, you can say:

1- Attitude should be professional, while looks do not need to.

2- Attitude should be professional, but looks do not need to.


There are several issues with this sentence.

  1. It has two clauses; they need to be separated, probably with a comma.
  2. The phrase "looks need not to be" is not idiomatic, and is most naturally interpreted as meaning that it is mandatory that looks be unprofessional, which is unlikely. Without the "to" it will read closer to what I assume is your intended meaning.
  3. The term "looks" typically refers to a person's natural beauty or lack thereof, something that cannot easily be changed. You probably mean "attire," meaning clothing and accessories.

With all those changes, one possible rendition is:

Attitude should be professional, attire need not be.

However, I would personally go with:

Attitude should be professional, attire can be casual.

It's not quite as catchy, but it's easier to understand.

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