Would it be correct, in English, to say:

I acted as an engineer in that company

I acted as a lawyer in that firm

And, more generally:

To act as [profession]

  • By its nature, to act as one kind of person when you're not is a temporary task, and needs to be regularized either by stopping or by making one the right kind of person to start with. May 26 at 17:31
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    @JohnLawler While "acting" is usually expected to be temporary, sometimes it can go on for a long time. I think the Trump administration had a number of "acting" department heads that persisted for years because he never nominated a permanent replacement for those vacancies.
    – Barmar
    May 26 at 21:08
  • Anyway, language-wise this seems to be fine.
    – Barmar
    May 26 at 21:09
  • Better: I provided engineering services. I was in the engineering department. May 27 at 4:28
  • If you had only 1 role within a company, "acted as" seems like you didn't have a defined role. However, if you had multiple roles, and wanted to emphasize your ability to mulitask, it seems like 'acted as' would take on a positive meaning. May 29 at 23:01


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