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Dear Mr Yang,

I would like to ask whether there are any rules for abbreviation of academic qualification.

As you know that abbreviation of academic qualification is always shown on the namecard but the same qualification may have different abbreviation.

For example, John graduated from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree in Electrical Engineering. Then John showed his qualification like this
BEng(Hons)

However, Peter, his classmate, showed his qualification like this
BEng (EE)

Unfortunately, Mary, his classmate, showed like this BEng (PolyU)

The same qualification has 3 different abbreviations. Therefore, I would like to know whether there are any rules I can follow or just based on personal perference.

I should be grateful if you could answer my question.

Best regards,
Edward

 

Dear Edward ,

Yes , there are rules of abbreviation .All three abbreviations are correct.
B Eng ( Hons ) - he has an honours degree
B Eng ( EE ) - he has a degree in Electrical Engineering
B Eng ( Poly U ) - he has a degree from Poly U

You can do anyone you like .

YTL

Dear Sir,

I would like to know why sometimes we see "Working Experience but sometimes we see "Work Experience".
I want to know which is correct,Are both acceptable? Thank you very much!

Regards,
Susan

 

Dear Susan ,

I have heard both , so I think either one will do . But I myself always say "working experience "

YTL

Dear Yang Sir:

I would like to know the difference between "which" and "in which". Is it really depends on the usage? Sometimes, I am quite puzzled about these two words when I am writing an essay.

Let's have an example:

Constitutional reform and freedom of expression become a very hot topic (in?) which are recently discussed by the community.

I do hope you can solve my problem, thanks a lot!

Joyce

 

Dear Joyce

" which " refers to a noun.
" a hot topic .....changes into "which" not "in which" because the hot topic is recently discussed , so you don't need the "in".
Take anotherr example . "a house in which many cats are kept" It is " in which "because " in the house many cats are kept " . Or you may say , " A house which many cats occupied . " In which " refers to "in" a thing .

YTL

Dear Mr. Yang,

I was taught in school that "shall" must be used with "I" and "We" (because the subject is First Person), in Future Tense, e.g.
- I shall go there tomorrow.
- We shall finish the job next week.
Where as, "will" can only be used when the subject is He, She, They, It (2nd and 3rd Person).

However, in these days, we often hear people say:
- I will.
- Will do. (Always used in conversation.)
- I'll ready soon.

Is this American English? Your reply is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Lily Yu

 

Dear Lily

Your may say "I will " or " we will " if you mean " I intend to " or " I am willing to " do it in the future . The same with " we will "
Here , the " will " has an element of your intention . When you use " shall "your intention does not come in: you're just starting the fact that you will be doing something in the future.

YTL

 
 
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