+0
Having the ability to speak in public at your/one's disposal is very important as/for a politican.

Q1) Which would you use? your or one's?

Q2) Is as and for interchangeable?

Q3) Can we say '...in public at disposal is very important...'? Or do we need a possessive adjective (your or one's)? If so, why?

Thanks
+0
I would word the sentence this way:

Having the ability to speak in public extemporaneously is very important for a politican.

At one's disposal does not fit this sentence.
I am at your disposal - means that I am willing to do whatever you ask.

Other words which are synonyms of extemporaneous are: off-the-cuff, unrehearsed, spontaneous, on the spur of the moment, impromptu...
+0
Hi,

Having the ability to speak in public at your/one's disposal is very important as/for a politican.

Q1) Which would you use? your or one's?

Either. 'One's' is a bit fancier, and is not very commonly used in everyday converation in the US as far as I know.

Q2) Is as and for interchangeable? No. Only 'for' works. 'To' is also a possibility.

Q3) Can we say '...in public at disposal is very important...'? Or do we need a possessive adjective (your or one's)? If so, why? A 'disposal' is something that a person has. If you mention 'disposal', you need to tell the reader whose disposal you are talking about.

You could simply eliminate 'disposal' and say this.

Having the ability to speak in public at your/one's disposal is very important for a politican.

Clive
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Comments  
Thank you.

May I ask why 'as' doesn't work? It doesn't sound correct to me, but I can't understand why.

Also, does at one's or your disposal work (I notice you, Alphecca, believe it isn't)? I mean, it sounds ok to me, but yea...
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
Hi,

Having the ability to speak in public at your/one's disposal is very important as/for a politican.

May I ask why 'as' doesn't work? It doesn't sound correct to me, but I can't understand why.

Possibly I rushed to condemn it. but it still doesn't sound quite right to me.

The 'having . . . ' is a gerund phrase.

If you replace it with a noun, would you want to say

'Money is important as a politican'

or

'Money is important for a politician' ?

Clive
Another way, using "as" and "disposal":

As a politician, I have to be at the public's disposal to speak on any occasion and on any relevant subjects.