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Is "resigning" simply more formal than "quitting"?

Here's the case:

I work for company A but am leaving to work for company B.

Which is better?

  • I work for company A but am quitting to work for company B.

  • I work for company A but am resigning to work for company B.

  • He switched a job to company B. – user140086 May 10 '16 at 14:49
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    It depends on the context. Are you writing to the company; talking to friends; or ... . I'm voting to close this question because there is insufficient information to provide an appropriate answer. – TrevorD May 10 '16 at 14:51
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    IMO, "quit his job" is more informal. – NVZ May 10 '16 at 15:32
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    What's wrong with your original choice of "leaving"? – TrevorD May 10 '16 at 15:49
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    If you say that you are leaving company A because you have accepted a position with company B, you can avoid the quit/resign conundrum. – Kristina Lopez May 10 '16 at 16:40
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Yes, it is. From the English Thesaurus, resign is synonym of leave, hand in one's notice, give notice, stand down, step down. And, indicates informal for the following: quit, jump ship.

Based on regular English usage, resign tends to convey a more subtle and amicable separation from your employer whereas quit has a more negative connotation.

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