“We conducted a survey of approximately 1,200 car owners from across the country.”
Your company wanted to find out what people thought about different car insurance companies. You created a survey, which people answered online. Now you're writing a summary of the survey and you include this information.
We conducted a survey of approximately 1,200 car owners from across the country.
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When you're writing or speaking formally about the company you work for, use "we":
We have around 3,000 employees.
We're working on a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense.
This is usually a better way to talk about your employer than to say "our company" or "my company".
You can also write or speak about the company by its name.
conduct a survey
The word that describes creating, distributing, and getting the results of a survey is "conduct". So you can think of "conducting a survey" as "doing a survey". The word "conduct" is also used with a few other similar activities:
- conduct an experiment
- conduct an investigation
- conduct an interview
On the other side, the people who answer the survey questions are participating in it:
We invited about 15,000 users to participate in our survey, but only 300 of them responded.
approximately (a number)
"Approximately" means "about". Use it when you don't know or don't want to tell someone an exact number. For example, you may hear this on an airplane:
We'll be arriving in San Francisco in approximately two hours and forty minutes.
You can use "approximately" to talk about numbers as well as time:
We have approximately one thousand two hundred students.
"Approximately" is more formal than "about". Use it for written documents and essays, when speaking with customers you don't know well, or in formal speeches.
A person who has a car is called a "car owner". Someone who owns a dog is a "dog owner". You can also have "iPhone owners" and "slave owners" (when talking about American history, for example).
across the country
When you're talking about something that happens everywhere in a country, you say "across the country":
Real estate prices across the country dropped by over 20%.
When you're talking about something that's worldwide, you don't use "across". Instead you say:
People from all around the world have signed up to try it out.