I would like explain to my opponent what he has ability and knowledge, but he haven't a extreme spirit.

Russian language has word "drive", but I don't sure what it word has in English. This word has relationship with extreme.

Example meta-phase:

You good rider, but you don't have enough a drive

You have the best show because you have a drive

  • I'm not sure what you mean by "extreme spirit", and I'm guessing between "ambitious" and "courageous". If you're talking about "ambition", you can say, "You are a good rider, but you're not ambitious enough." If it's about "courage", you could say, "You are a good rider, but you don't have enough guts," or "You are a good rider, but you don't have it in you!" Dec 14, 2013 at 19:25
  • No, not ambitiuos and not courageous
    – Mediator
    Dec 14, 2013 at 19:59
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    Sometimes we leave out the particulars and say things in a 'roundabout way like, "You just don't have what it takes." Or, "You've got skill, I'll grant you that, but you still don't have what it takes."
    – Jim
    Dec 15, 2013 at 4:29

2 Answers 2


In fact the word "drive" has the same meaning in English, but it is a mass noun, not a count noun, so it never takes the indefinite article "a." So you could say

You're a good writer, but you don't have enough drive.

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    Or "you have no drive".
    – user230
    Dec 14, 2013 at 21:15
  • Yes that is betterI
    – hunter
    Dec 14, 2013 at 23:44
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    Or "you don't have the drive" (definite article rather than indefinite), though that might be a slight colloquialism.
    – JAB
    Oct 27, 2016 at 0:03
  • @JAB that also sounds better to me
    – hunter
    Oct 27, 2016 at 9:47

When talking about someone's job or profession we normally use the indefinite article, a/an after the verb BE.
A rider could possibly be interpreted as being a professional motorcyclist or someone who does the sport for a hobby. If the OP wanted to convey this profession, then the word, motorcyclist, is more appropriate.

As alternatives to drive which answers the OP's question perfectly, there are the following

You're a good rider, but you don't have enough determination (to win).
You have the best show because you have dedication

Further examples lifted from Merriam-Webster:

It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but we managed to finish the project on time.

What he lacked in talent he made up for in determination.

  • It is good word, but not for extreme
    – Mediator
    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:11
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    Determination is another way of saying drive. Often "Drive and determination" are collocated together.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:14

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