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    Question what is the correct usage

    Please help me with the correct usage:

    in service to the nation

    or in service of the nation

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    What's the full context? The preposition could vary.

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    The sentence is...
    The company celebrates fifty years in the service of the nation.

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    The company celebrates fifty years' service with the nation. (?)

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    Quote Originally Posted by sabi View Post
    The sentence is...
    The company celebrates fifty years in the service of the nation.
    It is correct as written.
    What is your question?

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    Quote Originally Posted by sabi View Post
    The sentence is...
    The company celebrates fifty years in the service of the nation.
    Yes, or you could write:
    The company celebrates fifty years of service to the nation.

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    Raymott,

    The company celebrates fifty years of service to the nation.

    Would it be OK to use "with" instead of "to"?

    Continental Airlines Flight Attendant Celebrates 50 Years of Service With the Airline - Business News - redOrbit
    HOUSTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines' number one flight attendant on the system seniority list, Norma Heape, will celebrate 50 years of service with the company on a flight between New York and Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Raymott,

    The company celebrates fifty years of service to the nation.

    Would it be OK to use "with" instead of "to"?

    Continental Airlines Flight Attendant Celebrates 50 Years of Service With the Airline - Business News - redOrbit
    HOUSTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines' number one flight attendant on the system seniority list, Norma Heape, will celebrate 50 years of service with the company on a flight between New York and Hong Kong on Wednesday.
    No. The flight attendant was with the company, but a company is not with a nation.

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    Union Co-Operative Society celebrates 23rd anniversary | Union Co-Operative Society
    The Union Co-Operative Society celebrates 23 glorious years of service to the nation on 27th April, 2005.

    - celebrate XX year(s) of service to a nation
    - celebrate XX year(s) of service with a company
    Are there any other similar phrases?

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    Default Re: what is the correct usage

    Hi All,
    Thanks for your time on my post.
    And yes...

    'The Company celebrates 50 years of Service to the Nation' sounds correct and less cluttered.

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