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A. I work for Dell Corporation.
B. I work with Dell Corporation.

C. I work for him as an assistant.
D. I work with him as an assistant.

1. Which sentence of each pair above is correct?
2. Do you think 'with' emphasize 'working together' with a company or with someone?
3. Do you think 'for' in the above sentences emphasize superiority of something or someone relative to me?
4. If both 'for' and 'with' are possible and my interpretations are incorrect, what is the difference between them above?

Please advise. Thanks.
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Hi,

A. I work for Dell Corporation.

B. I work with Dell Corporation.

C. I work for him as an assistant.

D. I work with him as an assistant.

1. Which sentence of each pair above is correct? All of them are correct English.

2. Do you think 'with' emphasize 'working together' with a company or with someone? Yes. It could, for example, be said by someone who is not a direct employee of Dell, eg a consultant of some kind.

3. Do you think 'for' in the above sentences emphasize superiority of something or someone relative to me? Yes, in the sense that it stresses the person or company is "my boss".

4. If both 'for' and 'with' are possible Yes and my interpretations are incorrect They are not incorrect. what is the difference between them above?

Clive
Hi Clive,

Thank you so much for your helpful response. You've clearly answered all my questions. I really appreciate it. Emotion: smile

Just one more question below:
Clive2. Do you think 'with' emphasize 'working together' with a company or with someone? Yes. It could, for example, be said by someone who is not a direct employee of Dell, eg a consultant of some kind.
Can I also use 'work with' even if I'm a direct employee of Dell and to sound like I'm a teamplayer and have given significant contributions? Do you think it implies this idea?
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Or does 'work with' at least suggest that I'm a teamplayer, not necessarily giving significant contibutions?
Hi,

No, 'work with' does not suggest those kind of 'team' things.

Clive
Hi Clive,

I see they don't suggest such meanings, but can I still use 'work with' even if I'm not a direct employee of that company or that person?

I work with Dell Corporation.

I work with him as an assistant.

Please advise. Thanks.
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Hi,

I see they don't suggest such meanings, but can I still use 'work with' even if I'm not a direct employee of that company or that person?

I work with Dell Corporation.

I work with him as an assistant.

Yes, you can, but for clarity you'd need to add more words to make the matter clear.

eg I have my own consulting company. I usually work with Dell .

Clive
Thank you, Clive. I really appreciate your response.

I'm sorry, but my question should have read as follows:

Can I still use "work with" even if I'm a direct employee of that company or that person? Or is "work for" more natural if I'm a direct employee?

I work with Dell Corporation.

I work with him as an assistant.
Hi,

Can I still use "work with" even if I'm a direct employee of that company or that person? Or

is "work for" more natural if I'm a direct employee? Yes, definitely.

I work with Dell Corporation.

I work with him as an assistant.

Clive
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