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robjen
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:03:56 PM
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I have written a sentence below.

(ex) The postal workers will implement (or execute) a city-wide strike in two weeks.

Do both verbs, implement and execute, fit the sentence?

Thanks a lot.
RuthP
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 2:16:51 PM

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robjen wrote:
I have written a sentence below.

(ex) The postal workers will implement (or execute) a city-wide strike in two weeks.

Do both verbs, implement and execute, fit the sentence?

Thanks a lot.

You could use either, but neither would be my first choice. "Execute" in particular carries overtones of aggression. It is also frequently used with actions which are done and then over. An actual strike often drags on and is not quickly over. "Implement" is overly long and suggests starting a new process. One could consider an individual strike to be a new process, but striking in general is fairly well known. In both cases, these substitute three-syllable words in a situation where (a) simpler word(s) are more precise.

Common wording in English would be one of these:
The postal workers will start a city-wide strike in two weeks (if no agreement is reached by then).
The postal workers will go out on city-wide strike in two weeks (if no agreement is reached by then).
thar
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 3:18:54 PM

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'Implement' suggests something being put in place - and that suggests it is done by the people who run the system. Eg the government implements laws. The school implements a dress code.
It stays in place for a time, if not permanently.
If the railways implement a new shift system, then the workers go out on strike.


To execute a strike is not only aggressive, as Ruth says, but it is also a short, single action.
eg for an air strike (a bombing raid) you could be said to execute a strike, although I don't think that is a common usage.

Since a labour strike is an ongoing process with a duration, it doesn't really fit with the short sharp meaning of execute.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:37:16 PM

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Meseems "undertake" might be a better word for it.

Romany
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 9:54:01 PM
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NK -

Are you suggesting "...postal workers will undertake a strike..."

Would that be a common usage where you are? It sounds very...unsuitable...to me. One associates passion and anger with the decision to go on strike. It's not - as is a chore, or a responsibility, or a strict budget - the sort of thing one would " undertake". It just strikes me as a most unusual choice?.
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018 10:23:35 PM

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I think the most common forms in AE would be

"...postal workers will carry out a strike...", or

"...postal workers will go on strike...", or

"...postal workers will strike..."
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018 12:39:50 AM

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I think that, if I were saying it, I'd use 'go on', too.

They will go on strike.
At which time, they will be on strike.
The coal miners went on strike many times in the 1970s.

"on strike" is the phrase which immediately comes to mind.


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