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Tomahawk71
Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 4:28:48 AM

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Hello,
What does the author say in the highlighted sentence?
He has a friend at vendor B, okay.
He respects her, okay.
That may speak well of the company. "That"? Who is "that"? Shouldn't it be "she"?
Is "that" having a friend at that vendor?
How can "having a friend there" may speak well of the company?
And whose company? Vendor's or the author's? And why does "it" color his judgement?

So, I don't understand what he tries to say.
Could you please help to paraphrase?

thar
Posted: Thursday, March 09, 2017 6:15:45 AM

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If a company has likable employees, that suggests it is a good company to do business with.

So, "the fact that you have a friend there" gives a good impression of the company.


"Speaks well" is not describing a conversation.

It is the impression given by an action.
I think is actually slightly misused here, combining two idioms.

Something giving a certain impression speaks to something, not speaks of something.
- but that is the idiomatic usage that are trying to use.


Eg
The fact you wore a suit to this interview speaks to your professional attitude.

Tomahawk71
Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 1:55:01 AM

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Thank you, Thar.
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