Thank You Letter After Interview : Your Grammar Matters! (Part 1)



In your thank you letter after interview, you should make sure to avoid common grammar mistakes. The purpose of grammar is to help people understand each other. Grammatical mistakes in your thank you letter will make your message less clear and undermine your credibility.

How To Use "I" versus "Me"

Examples of INCORRECT grammar:

My boss and me are going to the job luncheon.

The file at work belongs to both my boss and I.

Examples of CORRECT grammar:

My boss and I are going to the job luncheon.

The file at work belongs to both my boss and me.

I" is a pronoun that must be the subject of a verb. "Me" is a pronoun that must be the object. (The same is true for he/him, she/her, we/us, etc.)

As a simple test, try removing "boss" from the sentences. You wouldn't say "Me is going to the job luncheon." You would say "I am going". So..you would also say, "My boss and I are going..." It would not sound right to say "The file belongs to I,". You'd say "The file belongs to me." So..you would also say "The file belongs both to my boss and me."

Agreement of Subject and Verb

In your thank you letter after interview, make sure that you have proper agreement of subject and verb. The most common grammatical mistakes are found with compound subjects and names of companies.

Compound subjects joined with "and" always take a plural verb For example: "The president, vice president and treasurer are expected to attend the conference."

For subjects joined by "or" or "nor", the verb agrees with the subject nearer to it. For example, "Either the treasurers or the company president is expected to attend the meeting."

Names of companies may be either singular or plural, depending on how they are used. If the company is being used as a concept, it is singular, as in "Johnson and Johnson is a successful company. It is known for its extraordinary baby products."

Pronoun Agreement

Indefinite pronouns can be tricky. Words such as each, every, either, neither, one, another, and much are always singular. When they are used as subjects or as adjectives modifying subjects, a singular verb is always required.

Examples:

"Each is responsible for his own work area."

"Every interviewee has been notified."

"Either one of the job deals is acceptable."

"Neither is expected to show up on time."

"Does everyone know where his laptop is?"

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