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Hi David and Gustavo,

I am new here ...  as of minutes ago.  I discovered this website when I was searching for the correct verb to use in a sentence to be included in a cover letter for a job application.  I know this last sentence can be written much more eloquently!

Thank you for your messages and I already have a feeling this group (or users of this website) is a caring community, brought together by curiosity in grammar or the need for advice, but now we all also share experiencing the pandemic!  Thankfully everyone in my family is vaccinated and we have been healthy and safe.  I have a feeling this is not quite correct ...  before "and", the subject is "my family", singular.  However after "and", I had the subject "we" which is plural.

I am in California and between jobs at the moment.  I was a part-time administrator but had to leave that job a few months ago because the last two years of doing everything virtually have substantially worsen my carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.  I may resort to surgery in the next few months as I have tried many other possible remedies to no avail thus far.  I have been searching for jobs whose description is not primarily computer work.

Thank you again!!!

PS .. I would also appreciate learning if the above bold words were correctly used!  English was a second language to me (many years ago) and I have always enjoyed learning more about English!

Hello, Nina WD, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

Thank you for your nice words. This thread was originally only intended as a message to our members in these Covid times and, while you responded to it, you asked a couple of grammar questions which are somehow connected with the topic. Although it would have been better to start a new thread, I will answer them here:

@Nina WD posted:

Thankfully everyone in my family is vaccinated and we have been healthy and safe.  I have a feeling this is not quite correct ...  before "and", the subject is "my family", singular.  However after "and", I had the subject "we" which is plural.

The head of the noun phrase "everyone in my family" is "everyone," which is singular. Your sentence above is understandable but could be improved to:

- Thankfully, everyone in my family is vaccinated and has been healthy and safe.

@Nina WD posted:

I was a part-time administrator but had to leave that job a few months ago because the last two years of doing everything virtually have substantially worsened my carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.  I may resort to surgery in the next few months as I have tried many other possible remedies to no avail thus far.  I have been searching for jobs whose description is not primarily computer work.

The words in bold were correctly used. Some might argue that "whose" does not apply to things, in which case you should say:

- I have been searching for jobs which do not primarily consist of/involve computer work.

Stay safe and healthy!

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

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