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    Usage of "in charge of"

    Hi,
    Some English professors in China claim it is NOT OK to say "He is in charge of delivering mails everyday". They believe "in charge of" shouldn't be used in this situation. What do you think?

    Thank!
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    Re: Usage of "in charge of"

    "In charge of" is fine. The plural "mails, however, is not.

    What do they suggest should be used instead?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Usage of "in charge of"

    Oh I thought "mail' and "letter" are used the same way. So are you suggesting we either say "deliver a letter" or "deliver mail"?


    They didn't suggest anything other than that. I assume they sometimes say things out of their sheer fantasy without checking with native speakers first.

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    Re: Usage of "in charge of"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Oh I thought "mail' and "letter" are used the same way. So are you suggesting we either say "deliver a letter" or "deliver mail"?
    Yes, letters are countable; mail and post are not (but emails are). That's just the "logic" of English for you.

    Their prohibition of the phrase might be a relic of "phrasal verbs are NEVER to be used in formal English." I think nowadays "formal" English and "formal academic English" are distinct. I would have no problem writing "in charge of" on my CV, but I wouldn't put it in a paper for my Master's degree.

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    Re: Usage of "in charge of"

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,
    Some English professors in China claim it is NOT OK to say "He is in charge of delivering mails everyday every day". They believe "in charge of" shouldn't be used in this situation. What do you think?

    Thank!



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