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# Grammar Question for Cover Letter-Part Time Job-Help!

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Grammar Question for Cover Letter-Part Time Job-Help! [#permalink]

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27 Sep 2007, 15:42
I am getting a part time gig while in school
I cannot figure out if the correct order is "research effectively" of "effectively research" It is for a part time sales position..

Here is the sentence

I believe that my ability to effectively research (or is it research effectively) would enable me to find new customer for company XYZ's products..

Which one is it? effectively research sounds better...but is it right?

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27 Sep 2007, 15:45
My gut tells me to go with "effectively research" since "effectively" describes how you research. Of course, I could be totally wrong...

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27 Sep 2007, 16:38
If you use "effectively research" you need to add a direct object. For example "my ability to effectively research ice cream will be a big asset to your company".

if you want to say that you are good at research in general, then use research effectively.

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01 Oct 2007, 06:41
Yeah, now that I looked at it again, I agree with pelihu.

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03 Oct 2007, 11:54
How can you guys not bring up split infinitives? The infinitive of a verb is the "to" version: to eat, to sleep, etc.

in romance languages, the infinitive is one word: manger, dormir, etc.

We sometimes pretend we speak latin in our language, so grammar nazis can get on us about not splitting infinitives, since you can't do it in Latin.

Hence, when you say "to effectively research" you've split the infinitive, which is wrong.

However, there are lots of time when not splitting the infinitive will cahnge the meaning of your sentence.

I'm a rebel. I split them consciously and with glee.

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03 Oct 2007, 13:23
Is it just your wrist that you hurt, or were you not wearing your helmet either? I can see you now, black eyes, smoke shooting out your ears, screaming about split infinitives. Scary. No wonder that guy ran away from the accident.

Last edited by emoryhopeful on 03 Oct 2007, 13:24, edited 1 time in total.

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03 Oct 2007, 13:23
I would avoid adverbs and adjectives as much as possible in formal writing.

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