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Recommendation Letters - Fixing Grammar

  1. Jun 28, 2010 #1


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    OK, this might be a little weird question:

    I am interviewing in two days. I am finally getting some letters of recommendation from some of my former co-workers. The first was very nice. The format is pleasing to the eye, and it was well written.

    The one I 'just' got, was from someone with a nice title at my former company. Unfortunately, it is riddled with grammar mistakes. I would honestly be embarrassed to show it to someone. I'm not talking like, "That should be a semi-colon instead of a comma", rather it's more like, "I'm....um....I really have no idea what this 1/2 page long sentence is trying to say".

    My question is what is ethically the proper thing to do, along with what is typically done. I'm leaning towards fixing (or trying) the grammar and just sending it. However, deep down, I feel as though I should fix it, send the draft to the author and ask for his permission to send it. Although, with that, it seems would come with a slap to the man's pride.

    Anyways, if anyone has any thoughts, I'd appreciate it. Thanks,
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  3. Jun 28, 2010 #2


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    Can you get a new one, and don't send it? I've done that in the past. I say thank you, and get a new recommendation letter from someone else. They are likely to not know how many of these letters you need.
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