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    "make a difference" question

    I got a reference letter in which my boss put the following:

    "Robert can 'make a difference' for any business."

    What does this really mean? Why is make-a-difference being placed under quotation marks? If placed under quotation marks, is the meaning of the sentence negative?


    • Join Date: Jun 2006
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    Re: "make a difference" question

    It is a positive comment, for sure. It means that you could make a positive contribution to any business that hires you. I don't think the phrase needed to be in quotes.

    • Join Date: May 2009
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    Re: "make a difference" question

    I would guess he puts it in quotes to acknowledge that it is a clichéed or overused phrase. It is not a negative thing, but something that a lot of businesses look for in their employees, the phrase that they use to describe someone who adds a very noticeable contribution to the workplace.

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