Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) equality, especially in relation to pay or position
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • push for pay parity
  • Analysis

    Parity refers to the state of being equal or equivalent. Parity can refer to the matching values of two prices or currencies. In agricultural contexts parity is a price set by the government or other agency in order to ensure farmers' purchasing power is maintained over a period of time. In mathematics parity refers to the property of an integer with respect to being odd or even. Parity is also used in coding and binary coding as a way of detecting errors based on odd or even states. Parity can also refer to the oddness or evenness of a quantum mechanical function. Parity is also the symmetry of behaviour in the interaction of something physical with that of its mirror image. Parity can also refer to the number of times a female has given birth. Parity has particular meanings in subjects like maths, genetics, medicine, chemistry and physics but in professional contexts it is most often used in relation to currencies and exchange rates.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The government of the developing country are confident that they will be able to reach economic parity with their more affluent neighbours within fifteen years if their current rate of growth is maintained.
    2. I am against the introduction of quotas in order to increase parity in the film industry.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The secretarial staff in the office were pushing for pay parity with their counterparts in a rival organization who they discovered were, on average, earning considerably more.
    2. Part-time workers are demanding parity with the full-time employees within the company who currently enjoy a range of benefits that they are excluded from.
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