Was I correct to use the word “establish” in my tweet? Should I have included adverbial “as”?

English is not my native language, but I’m a willing pupil and in most cases I’m pretty confident in my knowledge, but sometimes I hesitate to use particular words. I wrote this tweet recently:

I amused. Person who cannot cope with “Cannot modify header information” error should not establish himself a web-developer.

I’m not sure if I made the sentence clear. Shouldn’t I have used “establish as web-developer,” or should I have not used the word “establish”?

Answer

I amused. Person who can not cope with
“Cannot modify header information”
error should not establish himself a
web-developer.

“I am amused. A person who can not cope with a ‘cannot modify header information’ error should not claim to be a web developer.”

That would be a rough fix. An elegant solution would be:

“It’s amusing that a person who can’t handle a ‘cannot modify header information’ error claims to be a web developer.”

But, in a larger sense, this kind of IT-level sniping is unhappy. If a colleague is having trouble, do not snipe – lend a helping hand.

Attribution
Source : Link , Question Author : Nemoden , Answer Author : The Raven

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