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    • Join Date: Jul 2005
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    #1

    coorect?

    Hi,

    could you please proofread this sentence:

    The employee shall be obliged to refuse any task for a customer by whom he was employed less than two years ago or for whom he worked or, at the time of being assigned the task, still works as an advisor.

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: coorect?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    could you please proofread this sentence:

    The employee shall be obliged to refuse any task for a customer by whom he was employed less than two years ago or for whom he has worked or, at the time of being assigned the task, for whom he still works as an advisor.

    Thanks a lot!

    Hanka
    I think I have understood the second part, and suggest that you need these changes to make it absolutely clear.


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    #3

    Re: coorect?

    and why "for whom he has worked .... as an advisor"? The sentence says that sometimes in the past (one month or one year ago, who knows) he worked for him as an advisor. Doesn´t the present perfect suggest that his work as an adviser has ended recently? Just before being assigned the task?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by Hanka; 22-Nov-2007 at 11:03.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #4

    Re: coorect?

    It is not clear. There are three possible alternatives indicated:

    1 "he" worked for the client within the last 24 months [job unspecified]
    2 "he has worked for the client [as an advisor] in the past
    3 "he" is currently working for the client [as an advisor]

    If this is a legal document, it is always best to make sure that each point is absolutely clear and discrete.


    • Join Date: Jul 2005
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    #5

    Re: coorect?

    I think I will never completely understand the tenses Why should I use present perfect for an event finished in the past?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #6

    Re: coorect?

    I can only say I think it is a conceptual matter

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