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Good day,

recently, my supervisor correct the following sentence:

Both, however, are conceptually different.

She suggested: Both are, however, conceptually different.


What is the difference between the positions of "however"?


Kind regards,

Sabine

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anonymousWhat is the difference between the positions of "however"?

There is virtually no difference. "however" can float to various positions in that sentence with essentially no change in meaning. Some people may perceive a faint difference in emphasis, and, in a given context, some people may stylistically prefer one position rather than another. Personally, I see no particular reason to make the suggested change.

The use of "both are different" is wrong, assuming that you mean that two things are different from each other (rather than different from a third thing).

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You are correct with your sentence.

Your supervisor is not correct.

https://esllibrary.com/blog/however-7-sentence-positions-2-uses /

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Thanks for the fast answer. Instead of "both" I stated the two aspects precisely.

In addition, I often meet problems regarding prepositions. This is the sentence (already corrected from my supervisor):

An influential conceptual framework in work experience research emphasizes three dimensions in its measurement mode (amount, time and type) as well as in levels of specificity (task, job, organizational).

My question: Why can´t I use the preposition "of": "... three dimensions of measurement mode (amount, time and type) as well as levels of specificity (task, job, organizational)."

anonymous"... three dimensions of measurement mode (amount, time and type) as well as of level of specificity (task, job, organizational)."

I have added a second "of". This makes it clearer that "three dimensions of" also applies to "levels of specificity", which is apparently what you intend. Also, "levels" needs to be changed to "level" (this seems more obvious with "of", though in fact it is true also with "in").

"of" is not conspicuously wrong, in my opinion. Perhaps an objection can be made that "three dimensions of measurement mode" and "three dimensions of level of specificity" imply that "mode" and "level" have dimensions, whereas more likely in this case they ARE the dimensions. However, it is not clear to me that this implication necessarily has to follow. Opinions may vary.

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Okay, thanks. Let me, please, ask another question about the correct preposition:

Earlier research work characterizes organizational tenure with a socialization process.

In many English online-sources I have found "to characterize sth by + noun." However, my supervisor used "with" as a preposition. What is the exact difference?

anonymousEarlier research work characterizes organizational tenure with a socialization process. In many English online-sources I have found "to characterize sth by + noun." However, my supervisor used "with" as a preposition. What is the exact difference?

I replied to this somewhere else. I don't understand what connection or relationship between "organizational tenure" and "socialization process" you are trying to express. Without understanding this, it is hard for me to comment.