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    Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    hi all,

    i want to ask which of the following sentences is correct, or both of them are correct?? Please help!!

    1. Secretary of XXX Department.
    2. Secretary for XXX Department.

    Thanks!!

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    #2

    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    It depends what goes in the places marked XXX.

    Please use only one question mark or exclamation mark at a time.

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    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It depends what goes in the places marked XXX.

    Please use only one question mark or exclamation mark at a time.

    Rover
    Thanks Rover,

    what if it is Accountant Department?

    And why I should only use one exclamation mark, I am not want to argue anything, I just want to know the reason, coz we Hong Konger always use this, but I really want to learn the right English, so thanks for your help again!

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    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    If you mean "secretary," like an assistant who helps run an office, then I would use "secretary for the accounting department." Or "in" the department.

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    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by menueditor View Post
    And why I should only use one exclamation mark, I am not want to argue anything, I just want to know the reason, coz we Hong Konger always use this, but I really want to learn the right English, so thanks for your help again!
    Multiple question marks and multiple exclamation marks are non-standard.

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    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If you mean "secretary," like an assistant who helps run an office, then I would use "secretary for the accounting department." Or "in" the department.

    That means if that person is not an assistant, but a manager, it will be "Manager of accounting dept", am I right?

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    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    Yes. The only place I am aware of "secretary" meaning the head of an organization is in government, e.g. the Secretary of Defense.

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    Re: Could of/for be used interchangable in the following case?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes. The only place I am aware of "secretary" meaning the head of an organization is in government, e.g. the Secretary of Defense.
    And then you don't get a choice of preposition because the title is official, and you can't change it.

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