I can't find a correct phrase with the word "nature" in English. Literally, an operation has an investment nature or is of an investment nature. I've searched it on Internet, but Google hasn't shown a lot of results. When something has any nature or features or peculiarities, how you express it?

Is it possible to use "investment nature"?

  • I know people that are of a friendly nature, but I really wonder if people of an "investment" nature are interesting to be around. Your use of investment as attributive seems original, to say the least. I'v heard of an investment plan, investment capital maybe, but investment nature? What exactly do you mean with that? – oerkelens Nov 20 '14 at 18:34
  • I mean that the operation has special characteristics related to investment. This operation can be classified as that related to investment. I am not speaking about people now. I need to use "nature" with the "operation". – user11470 Nov 20 '14 at 18:36
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    Well, in the correct context an operation of an investment nature would be understood just fine, I think. But I doubt it is a commonly used expression. – oerkelens Nov 20 '14 at 18:40
  • Do you mean investment in the sense that the operation is involved with financial investments like stocks, bonds, etc.? And do you mean operation as a "procedure of productive activity" or as a "business, especially one run on a large scale". – ColleenV Nov 20 '14 at 19:29
  • No matter what, don't use an investment nature/is of an investment nature in any case! :) Find something else. Maybe, this operation requires an investment or the like. – Maulik V Nov 21 '14 at 4:41

Definition 2 when running a google search for 'define nature' suggests: the basic or inherent features, character, or qualities of something. So, yes 'investment nature' relating to an operation is fine.

To illustrate, if a company chooses to spend its annual profit on a lavish party for the executives that operation could be criticised for not being of an investment nature. The criticism could suggest operations that are of an investment nature, such as supplying staff with training, putting money into R & D, upgrading equipment in the office etc that would be a better use of the company's profit.

  • That's it. I am choosing "of an investment nature". Thanks. – user11470 Nov 21 '14 at 7:25

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