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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    If you need to convince a board of directors company president, or your supervisor why a project needs more funding, you have a selling job ahead of you.
    My question is: Can I replace "selling" with "sale" or "sales"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: selling

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    If you need to convince a board of directors company president, or your supervisor why a project needs more funding, you have a selling job ahead of you.
    My question is: Can I replace "selling" with "sale" or "sales"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    In this context, it wouldn't work. A "sales job" generally means a proper job in the sales area.
    Perhaps it would be appropriate if the sentence read. If you can convince a board of directors company president, or your supervisor why a project needs more funding, you have a sales job ahead of you. (Meaning that you're a good salesman and could easily get a job in sales).


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    Re: selling

    I do not agree with Raymott. In fact, with a little tweaking, it is preferable to 'selling'.

    If you need to convince your supervisor why a project needs more funding, you may have a tough sales job on your hands."


    Here's an example from the Net:

    Therefore, in many cases you will have a sales job on your hands to convince other website operators to include your content. ...


    You could also just say,
    If you need to convince your supervisor why a project needs more funding, you may have a tough job on your hands."


    We usually use 'selling' in phrases like 'selling an idea'
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    'need to sell yourself to them' (meaning, showing them why you are just what they need for a particular position and so offer you the job.)

    We can make it clearer that we are not talking about actually selling vacuum cleaners etc. by writing, '...so to convince your supervisor, you may have a tough selling job on our hands."

    I prefer the 'sales job' version. It implies the whole process of winning someone over to our way of thinking more than 'selling'.
    Last edited by David L.; 14-Oct-2008 at 16:14.

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    Re: selling

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    We usually use 'selling' in phrases like 'selling an idea'
    and
    'need to sell yourself to them' (meaning, showing them why you are just what they need for a particular position and so offer you the job.)
    You've strengthened my opinion, David.
    We do indeed use this phrase as in "selling an idea". This person has to sell the supervisor the idea of more funding.

    In fact, with a little tweaking, it is preferable to 'selling'.
    If you need to convince your supervisor why a project needs more funding, you may have a tough sales job on your hands."

    Of course, with "tweaking" a question, you can make any answer work.
    Are you agreeing that, without tweaking, "selling" is preferable, as I said?


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