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Hi all, I'm new to this forum. Apologies if i posted at the wrong section.

My question is I wonder if my interpretation on the following context was correct.

Context: Michelle is the Head of Sales Department, she is subordinated by 2 assistant.

Can I take the word "subordinated by" above to mean assisted by, flanked by, aided by which was contradictory to the dictionary meaning of "to put in less important position"?

Appreciate your feedback.

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gray ladder 323Michelle is the Head of the Sales Department, with two assistants.
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gray ladder 323Michelle is the Head of Sales Department, she is subordinated by 2 assistant.

Michelle is the head of the sales department. She is subordinated by two assistants.

The underlined portion is a misuse of the verb phrase 'is subordinated'.

The second sentence should be more simply

She has two assistants.


If you insist on something with 'subordinate', use the adjective:

Two assistants are subordinate to her.

Note however that this is somewhat 'official language', not something you're likely to hear in an ordinary everyday conversation.

CJ