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    with + company name

    Good evening!

    Today I answered a phone call where the person said: "Hello, this is Peter with company x".
    Is it ok to use with when referring to the company you represent? shouldn't it be replaced by from?

    Thank you.
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    Re: with + company name

    I'd use 'from', but Peter is apparently happy with 'with'.

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    Re: with + company name

    Given that most companies give their staff a script to work from when they are calling out to customers (or to potential customers), not only is Peter happy with "with", but probably so are his employers.

    If he's self-employed he can tell himself what to say!

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    Re: with + company name

    I'm sorry, maybe I'm a little slow today. So you mean that either way is fine, it depends on the script you are provided?
    Last edited by BrunaBC; 30-May-2012 at 19:58. Reason: typo
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    Re: with + company name

    The language of people in business who want to show that they are up to the minute on what is the 'in' language of the moment change so quickly it is hard to keep up. If people are using 'with' in this way then, clearly, it is being used in this way. Who are we to say it's wrong?

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    #6

    Re: with + company name

    I just checked my voicemail message and it says "Hello, this is Dave with XXX Group."

    So it must be pretty natural.

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    Re: with + company name

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I just checked my voicemail message and it says "Hello, this is Dave with XXX Group."
    And to think I used to consider you a sound member of the forum.

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    #8

    Re: with + company name

    If you asked me, I'd tell you I've been "with" the company for the past 5 years. I haven't been "from" the company for the last 5 years.

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    #9

    Re: with + company name

    I see, but from would refer to the origin (where I'm talking from). Depends on the point of view
    Thank you guys. Next time I have to call a foreign company I'll use with.
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    Re: with + company name

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If you asked me, I'd tell you I've been "with" the company for the past 5 years. I haven't been "from" the company for the last 5 years.
    So would I. I consider 'from' to be incorrect in that sentence.

    I might also say, "I'm Jed. I'm with XXX". I, personally, would not say "I'm Jed with XXX" or, answering the telephone, "This is Jed with XXX". For the former, I'd say "I'm Jed from XXX"; For the latter, I'd say, "Good morning, (This is) XXX. Jed speaking". With modern companies, where phone calls are monitored all the time, I'd say what the company told me to say, if I wanted to keep my job., though I'd draw the line at "This is Jed; how may I help you?"!

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