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兼 takes two objects that are in the same category. For example,

一般来说,在IT行业一个中小企业创始者担任CEO兼CTO是常见的。

在我的家庭,妈妈是个厨师兼清洁工。

However, can I add one or more, and make it more than two positions, such as:

我是个创始者,但是由于我的公司因没钱而不能雇佣,现在我担任CEO兼CTO兼CFO。

Or is it only for two positions?

  • Grammatically you’re okay, but it looks pretty rough. You’d be better going with a 顿号 and a 兼. – user3306356 Mar 29 '18 at 5:58
  • @user3306356 So 现在我担任CEO、CTO兼CFO? What about 担任CEO、CTO和CFO? – Blaszard Mar 29 '18 at 5:59
  • 兼 is different from 和, I don't think "CEO、CTO兼CFO" is correct, "CEO兼CTO、CFO" sounds much better. – Jason Swift Mar 30 '18 at 6:58
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No, grammatically speaking, you cannot use any conjunction between more than two elements.

CEO兼CTO兼CFO (✘)

CEO、CTO兼CFO (✔)

CEO和CTO和CFO (✘)

CEO、CTO和CFO (✔)

I believe it's the same in English, instead of saying Alice and Bob and Charlie, you would say Alice, Bob and Charlie, right?


Another suggestion: you can use the word 兼任. E.g.

我是个创始者,但是由于我的公司因没钱而不能雇佣,现在我兼任CEO、CTO和CFO。

  • Thanks, so is it more natural to use 兼, not 和? Do I make a childish impression if I use 和? – Blaszard Mar 30 '18 at 4:49
  • @Blaszard What gives you that impression? At least they both look good to me. 兼任A和B is essentially the same as 担任A兼B. – zypA13510 Mar 30 '18 at 5:23
  • And btw, language is for people to understand. You are not saying marvelous, splendid or exceptional every time you simply want to express good, are you? – zypA13510 Mar 30 '18 at 5:30

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