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    Talking power, ability or competent?

    Hi~ Would you help me how to say this naturally please?

    Sam: Hey John, I know you have wide network, can you hook me up one job?

    B: Yea, I heard your company have job vacancy? Why donít you give Sam one position?

    John: Sorry, I donít have that power.
    Or, Sorry, I donít have that ability.
    Or, Sorry, I donít have that competent.

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    Re: power, ability or competent?

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hi~ Would you help me how to say this naturally please?

    Sam: Hey John, I know you have a wide network, can you hook me up one with a job?

    B: Yeah, I heard your company has a job vacancy. Why donít you give Sam a position?

    John: Sorry, I donít have that power. This works.
    Or, Sorry, I donít have that ability. ability doesn't fit here.
    Or, Sorry, I donít have that competent. competency doesn't fit here. Another possible (and natural sounding) reply would be: 'Sorry, I'm not in a position to do that.

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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