Hi teachers,

a/what is the meaning of the verb " coordinate" in this sentence " The Ministry of Finance coordinates with other relevant ministries and agencies to gather information about foreign loans and report to the Prime Minister ". Is "coordinate" here the synonym of " cooperate "?

b/ Can I write like this? " After considering his contributions to the comany during his time of work / during his work , the director has decided to raise his salary ."

When saying "during his time of work or during his work I mean " during the whole period of his working for the company ".I don't know how to find the expressions that fit here. Please help me choose an accurate term .

Thank you in advance
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Hi van, You're correct on a/. Coordinate and cooperate are used intransitively here. Coordinate also has a transitive use, but cooperate does not.

Your phrases in b/ are not used in the sense you intended. "Tenure" comes to mind, although it's often associated with college professors to describe a very secure status of employment, from which they can be fired only under extreme circumstances.

"During his tenure with the company he has made many contributions, leading the director to raise his salary."

Edit. My dictionary and my thesaurus don't seem to support me on "tenure" for general use as a period of employment. It's rather like holding office.

I think I'm skunked for now. If I find something, I'll come back. - A. (Maybe, "While in our employ, he has made significant contributions to the company.")
Hi Avangi,

While waiting for you to find something more suitable , maybe we can say " During his work at the company he has made many contributions to the company" Does this sound natural ?I saw this sentence on the Internet " Grandad David was exposed to asbetos during his work as a plumber for the company between 1985 and 2002. " and I don't know if "during his work " can apply in this case or not. Please help me clarify it.

Best wishes
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It works well in Grandad's case, but as I said before, it doesn't say what you want. During his daily chores, and because of them, he was exposed. He knew he was working with it, but he didn't know it was dangerous. It wasn't something he did deliberately. (This happened to a friend of mine who repaired steam boilers while in the Merchant Marines. He died of cancer of the inner ear.)

I know many valuable discoveries are made by accident, and employees are duly rewarded, but I don't think that's what you're trying to describe here.

Sorry, my brain isn't working just at the moment. - A.
Hi Avangi,

My capability of of describing things is so awful so you can't understand excactly what I want to describe. Now I say in another way and hope that you will understand it exactlty this time.

For example: Mr Smith started working for the ABC company in 2006 and now he is still working for it.This year the director wants to increase his salary ,so he says "after considering your considerable contributions to the company during the time you have been been working for the ABC company ( from 2006 up to now ), now I decide to increase your salary from $1500/month to $1800/month .

I don't know how to express the idea expressed in bold type. Please help me.

Thank you in advance
Hi van,

The bold section expresses the idea very clearly, and to be honest, that's what I thought you meant all along. When I first replied to your post, I thought "during your tenure with the company" was the right choice, but after I researched it, I had my doubts that "tenure" should be used as I had thought. The bold phrase above is probably as good as anything I can think of right now. I had been hoping to find one word. I'm sure GG could nail it immediately.

Best wishes, - A.
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Hi Avangi,

Have you found a suitable word to help me ?Maybe I will try to give many options so that you will think out a best one of yourself.

How about" After considering your contributions to the company during your time with the company , ......"?

Very sorry to trouble you .

Thank you in advance
No trouble at all. Your phrase sounds good, but I'd try to find a way to eliminate the first "company" from your sentence. Actually, you could skip "to the company." The repetition sounds a bit bad.

Best wishes, - A.
Avangi, I support your first instinct: Tenure is exactly the right word.

It can refer to the period you hold a job - (tenare - to hold) - you don't have to be in an elected office.

During his tenure at ABC, he...

(That will teach you to doubt yourself! Go with those first thoughts!)
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