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Offline bookworm

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is it obligatory to use respectively?
« on: May 05, 2021, 01:00:27 am »
I've created the following example sentence:

a) His father and mother works as a manager and a secretary, respectively, at ABC Company.​
b) His father and mother works as a manager and a secretary at ABC Company.​

I just want to confirm if the following statements are true:

1. It's not obligatory to use respectively in that sentence.​
2. If #1 is true, then we can automatically assume that the father works as a manager and the mother as a secretary in that company based on the structure of the sentence (b).​
English is my second language.

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Re: is it obligatory to use respectively?
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2021, 09:55:28 am »
You need respectively otherwise it is confusing - they could be job sharing etc.
And you need the plural of the verb - work not works.
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Duncan