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In the following sentence, is there a better word to use instead of space?

"A lot of space remains for improvement and future work"

To add some context, the sentence is from a paper on database storage integration (i.e. computer science).

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  • Opportunities sounds better
    – mplungjan
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:13

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Although room and space are mostly synonymous, room for improvement is much more idiomatic than space for improvement.

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  • can you use it in the stated sentence, though? A lot of room remains for improvement and future work?
    – Jan Pisl
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:18
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    @JanPisl - room for improvement is pretty informal, and the way I would use it is "There's a lot of room for improvement and future work." Because it's idiomatic, it doesn't quite sound right when you change the word order around.
    – stangdon
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 18:39
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    +1, idiomatic being the operative word here. While "space" isn't ungrammatical, it sounds odd to an experienced ear. Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 19:10

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