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Rosina Peixoto  Identity Verified
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Jul 18, 2008

Letters of recommendation versus recommendation letters.

Do you use these terms interchangeably? Would you say that there is a difference between them?

Are reference letters and letters of recommendation the same in your opinion?

Thanks in advance.


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ivo abdman
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Just my quest Jul 18, 2008

I think Letters of recommendation is more formal than recommendation letters
refference letters has same meaning as letters of recommendation, but again letters of recommendation more formal and has wider scope


IMHO, but I am not native english also


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Letters of recommendation versus recommendation letters.

Do you use these terms interchangeably? Would you say that there is a difference between them?

No, but I prefer "letters of recommendation", no difference. Those two possibilities of construction in English (whatever the content) do not imply a different meaning, but the first is clearer, more specific and more formal.

Are reference letters and letters of recommendation the same in your opinion?

The same.

Why do you ask?


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Rosina Peixoto  Identity Verified
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In doubt Jul 18, 2008

Henry,

An acquaintance asked me to help him with a letter of recommendation for a student´s scholarship. He asked me if letters of recommendation and reference letters were the same. I think they are. Then, I looked it up in the internet and found this:

In fact, there are five (5) main types of "recommendation letters", as follows:

- recommendation letters - job related
- letters of recommendation - college/university related
- reference letters - job and community related
- commendation letters - employment and community related
- performance evaluation letters - employment related

Even so, people often throw around the term "recommendation letter" without really knowing exactly what they're talking about. This causes a lot of misunderstanding when someone asks for a recommendation letter, and the person being asked has a totally different concept of what is being requested.

This can cause serious problems at times. That's because, of all letters ever written on a personal or business basis, recommendation letters are among the most critical because they almost always have important implications in the workplace or community, or in the often difficult quest for acceptance into a college or university.
(Abridged)

She gives some definitions in order to clear up any confusion.
Instant Recommendation Letter Kit
http://www.instantrecommendationletterkit.com

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(c) Shaun Fawcett.

Have a nice weekend.

Regards

[Edited at 2008-07-18 23:32]


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Rosina Peixoto  Identity Verified
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Also non-native... Jul 19, 2008

ivo abdman wrote:

I think Letters of recommendation is more formal than recommendation letters
refference letters has same meaning as letters of recommendation, but again letters of recommendation more formal and has wider scope


IMHO, but I am not native english also


Ivo,

Many thanks for your contribution. Please read above and tell me if you have seen this categorization before.

Regards,

[Edited at 2008-07-19 18:08]


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