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While I was writing an essay I found it was difficult to select which phrase that I should use. Therefore, could someone please let me know which of the following phrases would be appropriate.


Therefore, many critics conjecture that it might lead to an decline in pupils basic abilities to read and write / basic abilities such as reading and writing.

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dileepaTherefore, many critics conjecture that it might lead to a decline in pupils' basic abilities to read and write / basic abilities such as reading and writing.

It depends what you want to say. Do you want to restrict it to reading/writing, or do you want to include other things?

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We usually call them skills. Abilities are inborn, skills are learned. Your first option says that "it", whatever that is, will harm their basic abilities, but it's hard to conceive what a basic ability is. "Basic skills to read and write" is not idiomatic. You need an apostrophe on "pupils" because the skills belong to them. The "such as" phrase needs a comma because you don't mean skills that are like those two, you mean skills that include those two.

"Therefore, many critics conjecture that it might lead to an decline in pupils' basic skills, such as reading and writing."

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Thank you very much for the answer. In fact, what I wanted to talk only about was just reading and writing skills.

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dileepaIn fact, what I wanted to talk only about was just reading and writing skills.

Therefore, many critics conjecture that it would lead to an decline in pupils' basic literacy skills.

dileepaThank you very much for the answer. In fact, what I wanted to talk only about was just reading and writing skills.

In that case you should not say "such as":

Therefore, many critics conjecture that it might lead to a decline in pupils' basic ability to read and write.

Thank you very much for the answer.

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Thank you very much for the answer.