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Employee: Where's Burt?

Boss: Unfortunately he wasn't as dedicated as I expect from someone working for this company, so I fired him. Let that be a reminder to the rest of you.

Questions:

  1. Does the highlighted part make perfect sense here and is it natural?

  2. Can it stand on its own without adding something to it like... "Let that be a reminder to the rest of you that if you're not dedicated then..."?

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I would prefer, "Let that be a warning to the rest of you." The use of "reminder" suggests that the boss has done this or something similar before. Of course that is possible: maybe the boss has done this before.

Of course it might be a reminder of something the boss said in the past, e.g. "I will fire slackers".

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  • Could it not be that the boss wants his other employees to remember in the future the fact that he has just fired one of them?
    – fev
    Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 18:43
  • @fev - I understand your point and I know what you mean. However, in that case, I personally expect, "Let that be a future reminder to work hard." or similar. That's what the OP is asking about. Commented Jan 9, 2021 at 18:57

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