Today’s word of the day is
This is a family of words that has some common words used in business and medicine. In more general English, the words are talking about advice.
Forms of the word
consult: a verb meaning to ask for information or advice in fairly formal way
consultant: a countable noun – typically used for jobs ( a management consultant). It is also the highest level doctor in the British medical system
consultancy: a countable noun top mean a company that provides consultation services and an uncountable noun to mean the work a consultancy company does
consultation: another noun that is both countable or uncountable to mean a meeting (countable) or discussion (uncountable)
consultative: the adjective
Using the words
There are a number common prepositions here:
on/about/over: The local authorities need to consult with local residents on any new building development. (these words are almost interchangeable)
with: This consultation with local residents may be an extended process.
in: Soon my wife will be a consultant in cardio-thoracic anaesthesia. (shows her area of specialism)
to: I work as a consultant to a variety of educational establishments.
paediatric (etc): While the majority of paediatric consultants are female, there are also a number of males working in this area.
management/recruitment etc: One suggestion would be to hire a management consultant to analyse what problems the business has,
firm: This work would probably require the assistance of a firm of management consultants. (Certain professions – law and accountancy are others use firm to describe their business)