- For Teachers
A call for a job position requires
"Two reference letters written by a scientist in related field."
I thought they want me to have "one person writes two letters". But they said no. "Two persons should write a letter separately".
Is there any chance to justify their claim? It's a sentence in a job call for a research institute in Japan. I only prepared two letters from one person, but they said I am failed. There was a japanese text as well, but it was more vague so that I referred the english part.
The person who wrote the call is actually bad at english. And I am at this level.
The English may not be too clear, but logic favours the two people writing a letter each view. If they needed two copies, they'd probably say 2 copies of a letter....
I agree that "by a scientist" could imply that you need only one person, but as Tdol says, logic leads you to the intended meaning.
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.