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    Is this good English?

    Could you tel if the sentences below sound OK in English:

    1. If asked why you only stayed at your last job for six months, say you were never chosen Employee of the Month.

    2. It would be good to think up examples that could serve as proof of the skills you claim you possess.

    3. Being a big picture person and having great attention to detail cannot be considered as strengths because they are not specific skills.

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    #2

    Re: Is this good English?

    They all sound natural to me.

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    #3

    Re: Is this good English?

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you tel if the sentences below sound OK in English:

    1. If asked why you only stayed at your last job for six months, say you were never chosen Employee of the Month.

    2. It would be good to think up examples that could serve as proof of the skills you claim you possess.

    3. Being a big picture person and having paying great attention to detail cannot be considered as strengths because they are not specific skills.
    All look OK but "paying attention to detail" is a more common expression.

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    Re: Is this good English?

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Is this good English?

    Snade, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message, just click the Like button please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Is this good English?

    I'd write it as "big-picture person" with the hyphen.
    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: Is this good English?

    I'd say '...the skills you claim to possess'.

    Leaving a job after six months because you were never chosen Employee of the Month is a pretty lame reason for quitting.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Apr-2013 at 09:19.

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    #8

    Re: Is this good English?

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post

    3. Being a big picture person and having great attention to detail cannot be considered as strengths because they are not specific skills.
    ????

    Being able to apply great attention to detail may well be an important skill for an analyst.

    Equally, being able to see the overall picture (as well as pay attention to the detail) may well be an important skill for a Project/Contract Manager/Director - as per the saying "the devil is in the detail". One wrong nuance in a high value international contract can cost millions.

    Regards
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    Re: Is this good English?

    I was limiting myself to the grammar, since the advice is dubious at best.
    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: Is this good English?

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Could you tel if the sentences below sound OK in English:

    1. If asked why you only stayed at your last job for six months, say you were never chosen AS/TO BE Employee of the Month.
    I would add the verb or preposition shown.

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