English letter

    • blade2206
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      Hi. Could you help me with my homework. I have to write letter to my friend lives in Holland. Did I done any mistakes. Plz help fast. Sry for bad english.

      Hi Kate
      How's it going in Holland. How's your famili windmill business.
      I'm writing this letter to inform you that I must cancel our ski trip next weekend. Unfortunately I have really important exam and I must prepre for it.
      I'm really sorry about that and I know that this trip means a lot to you. Maybe we could go 19th December if you don't mind. If you're not satisfied with that solution I could change reservation in hotel or you could take someone else for my place, too.
      Anyway, I wish you great weekend. Please write back as soon as possible.
      Love xyz.
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    • fryandspicy
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      Corrected:

      Hi Kate
      How's it going in Holland? How's your family windmill business?
      I'm writing this letter to inform you that I must cancel our ski trip next weekend. Unfortunately I have a really important exam and I must prepre for it.
      I'm really sorry about that and I know that this trip means a lot to you. Maybe we could go on the 19th of December if you don't mind. If you're not satisfied with that solution I could change the reservation in our hotel or you could take someone else in my place.
      Anyway, have a great weekend. Please write back as soon as possible.
      Love xyz.
    • Fagin
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      Originally posted by fryandspicy
      Corrected:

      prepre .
      Should be - prepare
    • MichaelM
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      Really sweet of you guys to help out here.
    • Ribbo
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      Originally posted by MichaelM
      Really sweet of you guys to help him cheat.
      FYP! :f_biggrin:
    • Ribbo
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      Originally posted by fryandspicy
      Corrected:

      Hi Kate,

      How's it going in Holland? How's your family windmill business?

      I'm sorry because I must cancel our ski trip next weekend. Unfortunately I have a really important exam and I must prepare for it.
      I'm really sorry about that and I know that this trip means a lot to you. Could we go on the 19th of December if you don't mind? If you're not satisfied with that solution I could change the reservation at our hotel or you could take someone else in my place.
      Anyway, have a great weekend. Please write back as soon as possible.
      Love xyz.
      Never use "I'm writing this letter" it's bad English. We know you wrote a letter because we received the letter! :f_biggrin:

      Fixed your post. :s_cool:
    • EmanuelC16
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      But couldn't you say: 'I'm writing to tell/inform you...'? Or is that also bad English? I'm asking because my high school teacher never complained about stuff like that and it's good to know when I actually write a letter :f_biggrin:
    • Hadi
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      Ribbo can be quite the grammar nazi, but I think it's safe to write that ;)
    • chilliyen
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      Windmill business, that's quite funny & stereotypical.

      Do they still build windmills in the Netherlands? Perhaps it's historical restoration.

      I used to live and work in Arnhem. I only saw one Windmill, they turned it into a sex shop!!!

      "There's only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch!" - Nigel Powers
    • Ribbo
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      Originally posted by Hadi
      Ribbo can be quite the grammar nazi, but I think it's safe to write that ;)
      It's not grammar, it's semantics! Basically the phrase is redundant, therefore without purpose.

      It's like me posting this reply by first saying "okay, i am going to reply to this post right now". :f_biggrin:
    • badpinguin
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      You're over 18 and have to write stuff like that?
    • Hadi
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      Originally posted by Ribbo
      Originally posted by Hadi
      Ribbo can be quite the grammar nazi, but I think it's safe to write that ;)
      It's not grammar, it's semantics! Basically the phrase is redundant, therefore without purpose.

      It's like me posting this reply by first saying "okay, i am going to reply to this post right now". :f_biggrin:
      Okay, I'm going to start off by calling shenanigans...

      nevermind.
    • nibbana
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      Originally posted by Ribbo
      Never use "I'm writing this letter" it's not to my taste. We know you wrote a letter because we received the letter! :f_biggrin:
      FYP

      I do agree though that it sounds geeky, I'm writing to "tell you"/"let you know"/"inform you" sounds better.
    • Ribbo
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      Examples of why this is wrong!

      or

      Avoid stage directions. Do not commence a letter by telling the recipient what you plan to do in the letter or begin an essay by telling the reader what the paper will discuss.

      * "I am writing to you to ask you to. . . ."
      * "This paper is going to talk about how. . . ."