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engineer assisant or ??

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engineer assisant or ??

Postby simonwai99 » Tue Oct 19, 2004 5:12 pm

Hi Sir,
Do we say " Engineer assistant " or assistant engineer?
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Postby Alan » Wed Oct 20, 2004 12:24 pm

The second. 'Engineering assistant' would also be possible.
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Postby googl » Wed Oct 20, 2004 1:53 pm

Dear Alan,

is here 'of' possible: (the) assistant of the engineer? is here Saxon genitive possible: engineer's assistant?
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Postby Alan » Thu Oct 21, 2004 4:14 am

You could, in fact, be the/an engineer's assistant, but your job title would still be more likely to be one of the options previously stated.

*The assistant of the engineer would be highly unidiomatic, but you might say e.g. I am working as an assistant TO the engineer.
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