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    how to use reference in a sentence

    I will start my job search soon and can I use you as my reference. Thank you

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    Re: how to use reference in a sentence

    What you have written would be understood; but the reference is the fact of someone giving a testimonial, or the testimonial itself. The person is a referee - though many employers/employment agencies use 'reference' to mean 'the name and address of someone who is prepared to write a testimonial'.

    That said, sometimes people are unhappy about using 'referee' for this purpose. I'd say something like '...would you give me a reference' or 'can I give people your name for a reference'.

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    Re: how to use reference in a sentence

    "Reference" would be normal in the US. "Feel free to use me as a reference." "Do you have any references?"

    The original sentence would be better as two sentences.

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