The government have proposed a whole raft of measures to reform the health service.
Can you explain how the security system works?
>Ask Jack. He knows the system inside out.
When we introduced the new booking system, no one believed it would work.
We need to devise some sort of system whereby staff can meet regularly with each other.
model on system
The country’s legal system is modelled on the British system.
break down system
The recently-installed computerized system keeps crashing and the telephone system has also broken down. We can’t talk to anybody!
Germany has an excellent rail system, making it easy to travel around the country. It is the envy of many other countries.
The whole system is corrupt – every official you deal with demands money before helping you.
We’ve called in consultants to identify what is wrong with our current management system.
The new system is quite complicated, I’m afraid. It takes quite a bit of getting used to.
Why does it take three men to do the job that one could do? What a hopelessly inefficient system!
We still operate an outdated filing system with paper files and filing cabinets. What we need is a modern, state-of-the-art computer system.
Something must be done to help poorer children get to university. Our system is very unfair.
The museum is protected by a very sophisticated system of burglar and fire alarms. It contains priceless treasures from Ancient Greece.
injustices of system
The government report on salaries exposes the injustices of the current system of wages – with women still being paid less than men for the same job.
advantages of system
She was at great pains to stress the advantages of the new system over the old one.
overhaul of system
There are calls for a radical overhaul of the tax system.
>yes. Changes to the system are long overdue.
access to system
You need a password to gain access to the computer system.
Note the following useful expression:
Under the new system, student grants have been scrapped and replaced by loans.
Pregnant women are exempt from dental charges under the current health system.
System collocates with lots of nouns:
banking system alarm system
heating system education system
legal system railway system
prison system road system
welfare system support system
digestive system immune system
telephone system sprinkler system
canal system school system
public address system public transport system
If you talk about your ‘sound system’, you mean your home stereo system.
If you use a computer, you will be used to ‘installing, booting up, and re-booting the system’ and using ‘system software’.
If you talk about ‘the system’, you mean all the rules and laws of the country:
You can’t beat the system!
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