Poultry has given him great profit.

Is this sentence grammatically correct? What do you think is the correct use if this isn't correct?

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    Grammatically, yes... ish. Semantically, you'd probably want something more in there, because poultry itself probably isn't going to give anyone anything. For instance, "Selling poultry has given him great profit." – Amos M. Carpenter Jun 6 '12 at 12:01
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    @aaamos I feel the the Noun Poultry isn't descriptive it can be Poultry business. – Brian Kinney Jun 6 '12 at 12:20
  • That's no better. "His poultry business has brought him great profit." Not just "Poultry business has..." because that means something rather different. – Andrew Leach Jun 6 '12 at 12:24
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    Oddly, "He has had great profit from poultry" is rather better. – Colin Fine Jun 6 '12 at 16:21
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    His poultry profits were not paltry. – Jim Jun 7 '12 at 1:56

It would help to add a bit more in there like "poultry production," "the poultry business," "the poultry farm" etc.

But since you're asking about its grammatical accuracy, the original sentence is fine.

It could also be used to emphasize the distinction "Poultry (not cattle) has given him great profit."

  • With some context - like talking around the areas of farming they are involved in - it makes sense as it stands. It does need context to interpret, but grammatically it is fine. – Schroedingers Cat Jun 6 '12 at 15:37

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