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    Usage of double "of" on a certificate, is this correct?

    Upon completion of a course titled "of Written English" I was issued a certificate. The certificate stated "Master of of Written English". I find this to be correct, but when I hung the framed certificate, comments were made about the double "of" usage. Perhaps it wasn't clearly thought through when creating the course name, but the name is what it is. Therefore, I am a master of of Written English. Had the course name been "Of Written English" it would be easier to explain, but being "of Written English" others perceive this as an error on the part of the person(s) that created the certificate. I feel that the certificate creator(s) should have at least used Italic to state it as "Master of of Written English" to distinguish the difference between a "Master of" and the course name.



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    Re: Usage of double "of" on a certificate, is this correct?

    What's your question? If you want someone to agree that the concept of a Master of of Written English is very silly indeed, I agree.
    I also think that using Master for this certificate is an abuse of the word - no reflection on your own very good written English.

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    Re: Usage of double "of" on a certificate, is this correct?

    Thank you Raymott. The question is what should the certificate read? I believe the use of "Master" here is for the course only. I mastered the course at 100%. I actually wrote to the school and asked that they re-issue the certificate, after clearly stating the reason. I did not receive a reply from them, so I packed the certificate in a box.

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    Re: Usage of double "of" on a certificate, is this correct?

    Yes, I'd be reluctant to put that on my wall too.
    "Master of Of Written English" or "Master of of Written English" or "Master of 'of Written English'" are all possible. I can't imagine doing a course called "of Written English". I'd be concerned that the title would give some indication of the content in regards to the use of capitals, etc. Nevertheless, that's the course you did. And the school can call the award a Master of of Written English if it chooses, and I don't think you can do much about it, I'm afraid.
    I would change the certificate myself in some way to remove one of the 'of's. Then I'd put it on my wall.

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