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    I am currently writing a cover letter and I want to introduce about what I have been studying in college. Since I have two minors in both Math and Finance, I got confused about how to put them together in one sentence but don't make it sound weird.


    Grammatically, I think it should be right as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and minors in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that...."

    Someone told me that the above sentence sound weird and should be written as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and a minor in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that ....."

    Can anyone help me to rephrase it? or tell me which way is correct?
    Thank you very much.

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    Default "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    I am currently writing a cover letter and I want to introduce about what I have been studying in college. Since I have two minors in both Math and Finance, I got confused about how to put them together in one sentence but don't make it sound weird.


    Grammatically, I think it should be right as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and minors in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that...."

    Someone told me that the above sentence sound weird and should be written as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and a minor in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that ....."

    Can anyone help me to rephrase it? or tell me which way is correct?
    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    Quote Originally Posted by nikkiwu View Post
    I am currently writing a cover letter and I want to introduce about what I have been studying in college. Since I have two minors in both Math and Finance, I got confused about how to put them together in one sentence but don't make it sound weird.


    Grammatically, I think it should be right as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and minors in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that...."

    Someone told me that the above sentence sound weird and should be written as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and a minor in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that ....."

    Can anyone help me to rephrase it? or tell me which way is correct?
    Thank you very much.
    I would say "As a major in Accounting with minors in both......" That how we used to say it when I was in college in the Middle Ages.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    Quote Originally Posted by nikkiwu View Post
    I am currently writing a cover letter and I want to introduce about what I have been studying in college. Since I have two minors in both Math and Finance, I got confused about how to put them together in one sentence but don't make it sound weird.


    Grammatically, I think it should be right as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and minors in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that...."

    Someone told me that the above sentence sound weird and should be written as follow,
    "As a major in Accounting and a minor in both Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that ....."

    Can anyone help me to rephrase it? or tell me which way is correct?
    Thank you very much.
    Just leave out 'both', and use 'with'.
    "As a major in Accounting with minors in Math and Finance at XXX College, I believe that ....."

    Phrases like "two minors in both Math and Finance" can be ambiguous, since it could imply you have four minors.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I would say "As a major in Accounting with minors in both......" That how we used to say it when I was in college in the Middle Ages.
    I agree, as I said elsewhere:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/en...nors-both.html

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    Though it's not as smoothe, you could also say:

    I am minoring in Math and Finance, respectively.

    But I like Nikkiwu's version better.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    You posted this same thread on the Ask a Teacher forum three minutes before you posted this one. It is neither necessary nor an economical use of time (yours and those reading the posts) to post the same thread on two forums within minutes of each other.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    I've merged the threads.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    Quote Originally Posted by marriageman View Post
    Though it's not as smoothe, you could also say:

    I am minoring in Math and Finance, respectively.
    I'd call that a wrong use of "respectively".
    You could say, "I got an A and a B in Math and Finance, respectively."

    The correct use of this word has been discussed here a few times.
    Last edited by Raymott; 20-Nov-2010 at 12:37.

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    Default Re: "a minor in both" or "minors in both"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'd call that a wrong use of "respectively".
    You could say, "I got an A and a B in Math and Finance, respectively."

    The correct use of this word has been discussed here a few times.
    So would I, and I meant to post on it, but I merged the threads instead and lost my train of thought. Two tasks in a row is apparently too much to remember.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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