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Please check the statement below and state whether it is correct or incorrect and why?
If you go for the interview, you must get selected.
What should be correct way of expressing the same thought?
You can't go an interview.If a person goes or attends an interview he should ensure that he definitely gets selected.
If a person goes to or attends an interview
If a person goes to, or attends, an interview
If a person goes to an interview
If a person attends an interview - My preference.
In your first sentence, it seems that the only possible meaning that it can convey is a 'must' with a social meaning, like,[It] I want[s] to convey that, 2. If a person goes or attends an interview he should ensure that he definatly gets selected.
If you go for the interview, you must [it's necessary for you to] get selected or we will lose our home/not have money for food/... .
If you want to convey the meaning found in 2. then you need to
3. If you go for the interview, you must ensure that you get selected.
This 'must' states that's it's essential for "you" to do the things necessary to be selected.
There's at least one other possible meaning.
If you go for the interview, there is no possible way they could select anybody else, because you are perfect for the job; you must get it.In any case,anupumh has given the meaning he intends - which is neither of the above.
'must', to me, entails that there has been a process of logical deduction, that the speaker has done the necessary "overview of the facts". In this example sentence, the preamble, "If you go for the interview" doesn't, again to my mind, show that there was a process of logical deduction.
I think that we see this difference when we compare "almost certainly ___" and 'must'. Though the two are equal in expressing a level of certainty, the first is used for purely speculative assertions while 'must' seems to contain within more a process of deduction.
"... there is no possible way they could select anybody else, because you are perfect for the job"
sounds like a cheerleading speech someone might make to encourage someone. But I don't think that that paraphrase and 'must' carry the same nuance, the same "weight". I have to allow that they seem to carry the same net effect but again, I don't think that the cheerleader or the interviewee would, thinking rationally, believe that they know the quality of the other candidates. It just seems, [to me] that the standard for 'must' hasn't been met.
Last edited by albeit; 04-Sep-2009 at 20:22.