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    seniority"

    Hi,
    We never say "more senior" or "more seniority", right? but do we ever say "the most seniority"?
    If not, which is incorrect in this sentence?

    The supervisor promised the assistant who had the most seniority that he'll get promotion soon.

    (I found no results for "most seniority" in the BNC but many on Google)

    Regards
    Newbie


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    #2

    Re: "seniority"

    HI I AM NOT A TEACHER BUT HOPE THIS MIGHT HELP YOU OUT.

    we never say more senior or more seniority

    we do not even say most seniority

    whereas we can say senior most .

    you could have said this way .....

    the supervisor promised the assistant who was the senior , that he will be promoted soon.

    seniority its like a slang.

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    #3

    Re: "seniority"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi,
    We never say "more senior" or "more seniority", right? but do we ever say "the most seniority"?
    If not, which is incorrect in this sentence?

    The supervisor promised the assistant who had the most seniority that he'll get promotion soon.

    (I found no results for "most seniority" in the BNC but many on Google)

    Regards
    Newbie
    I'm not a native speaker of English, so please take it as my personal opinion.

    I think you could probably say....(I'm not confident enough...)

    The supervisor promised the assistant that he'll get a seniority-based promotion.


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    Re: "seniority"

    The supervisor promised the senior assistant quick promotion.


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    #5

    Re: seniority"

    It does turn up as a collocation on the ANC, and I would recognise what is being said, but it is not a term that I would use.

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    #6

    Re: "seniority"

    In AmE, in terms of employment, "seniority" is a noun, especially when referring to a Union job. So it is correct to say "the person with the most seniority."
    Last edited by Ouisch; 03-Jun-2008 at 23:45.

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    #7

    Re: "seniority"

    Why can't we say "More seniority"?

    Don't feel bad you didn't get the promotion. Jane has more senority than you. I'm sure it'll be your turn next time.

    Maybe this is just American English.


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    #8

    Re: seniority"

    Hi Anglika,
    Thank you very much for your help. So you agree that "more seniority" and "most seniority" are incorrect? Is this British English (and American people accept those usages?)
    I asked so because yesterday, with some fault I accidentally open 2 same threads (asking this very question) And in the other thread, some Americans have come and given their ideas that those usages are all right in American English. Please have a look at it:

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...seniority.html

    Many thanks
    Newbie


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    Re: "seniority"

    Hi everybody,
    Thanks a lot for sharing your idea. But I still have 2 questions:
    1. Are the usages of "more seniority" and "most seniority" correct in formal English? Are they correct and natural and native in both British English and American English or just American English?

    2. This is a mistake correcting question, and any changes made must be within the words underlined (the wrong phrase), we can't make too much change. So if there is any mistake, how do you correct the sentence?

    Thank you very much one more time
    Newbie


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    #10

    Re: "seniority"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi everybody,
    Thanks a lot for sharing your idea. But I still have 2 questions:
    1. Are the usages of "more seniority" and "most seniority" correct in formal English? Are they correct and natural and native in both British English and American English or just American English? As Ouisch indicates, it is more common as an American usage than a British one, though the word "seniority" without a qualifier has its place in BrE.

    2. This is a mistake correcting question, and any changes made must be within the words underlined (the wrong phrase), we can't make too much change. So if there is any mistake, how do you correct the sentence? Are you talking about your posts? If so, there is an "Edit" button to the bottom right of the message box. Click on that and you can alter your sentence[s].

    Thank you very much one more time
    Newbie
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