I read the following sentence from a grammar book and I got confused:

"The company is very keen to offer a position to you and another candidate."

What does this sentence mean? I have two options:

  1. The company will offer two positions. One for you, one for other candidate.

  2. The company is still in decision process. Only one of you will be offered a position.

Which one is correct? Thank you!


It means, "The company is "eager/interested" to offer a position to you and another candidate."

Keen - Cambridge Dictionary

  • So there are two positions will be possiblely offered, right?
    – JumpJump
    Mar 18 '17 at 14:20
  • @JumpJump, Yes, you are right about it. Mar 18 '17 at 14:22

The sentence does state 'a position', implying there is only one job. However the sentence as a whole means that there is a position both for you and for another candidate. The key word being 'and' - if it was 'or' then your second option would be true.


The company is very happy and excited to offer a position to you and the other candidate as well. Keen = happy and excited and eager.

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