he and she work as a manager and a secretary (respectively)

epistolario

Senior Member
Tagalog
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).​
 
  • User With No Name

    Senior Member
    English (U.S. - Texas)
    I don't think the word "respectively" is strictly necessary. You are correct that the structure of the sentence conveys the intended meaning.

    But I think most native speakers would avoid the issue by saying something like "His father works as a manager and his mother works as a secretary," or something similar.
     
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