Mon 24 Oct, 2016 05:03 pm
Here's my sentence.
"I’m now seeking employment within the tech, medical device, or pharmaceutical industry"
Should I use "industry" or "industries" in the prepositional phrase? The list is disjoint because I am looking for a job in one of (not all) the industries, so the singular form seems to make sense at first to agree with the "or". But it doesn't seem necessarily clear when using the singular that "tech" and "medical device" are also adjectives that are describing their own industries as well, ie the "tech industry", "medical device industry" and "pharmaceutical industry". I think industries sounds better because it is more clear in this regard, but I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. I keep going back and forth and I think my brain is going to pop. No one I've asked so far has been of any help, so any help is much appreciated!
Your sentence says that you are interested in one
of these fields.
So use the word "industry.'
I am now seeking employment with a tech, medical device or pharmaceutical company.
I am now seeking employment with a tech, medical device or pharmaceutical industry.
Here's a couple more options because regardless of the grammatically correct statement it does not sound the way people actually express themselves so just alter the sentence slightly to make it read well for everyone. Don't sweat the small stuff my friend. It's much more important that you know what your doing when you get the job. By the way, could you bring me back to life? Candlelight8