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muni



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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 10:02 am    Post subject: correction Reply with quote

please correct this
"please do me a favour ,return this book to sam and don't forget to say thankyou"
"sir if you are not in hurry can I ask you a question"
"who are you chatting with"
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please do reply Sad I really feel bad when I dont know what to say
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: correction Reply with quote

muni wrote:
please correct this
"please do me a favour ,return this book to sam and don't forget to say thankyou"
"sir if you are not in hurry can I ask you a question"
"who are you chatting with"
redards
muni
please do reply Sad I really feel bad when I dont know what to say


When I first read I didn't see any serious errors. So it's pretty good! Smile

However, Sam is a person - use capitals. Similarly "Sir".

Sentences that are questions should end with "?". And finally I would say "Who are you chatting to?" not "with". And even more finally, start sentences with a capital letter. I thank you!

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2003 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with dduck that your errors were only those of punctuation.

But as for me, I would more likely say "chatting with" than "chatting to." Maybe it's just a personal or regional preference.
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muni



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for reply Very Happy
Iwill try to act on your advise,I am happy to know that there were no serious errors,so can I use these sentensec with out any hesitation?
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

muni wrote:
Thanks for reply Very Happy
Iwill try to act on your advise,I am happy to know that there were no serious errors,so can I use these sentensec with out any hesitation?


It looks like your spoken English is very strong Muni, judging from your comments. You still need to work on your writing skills, or maybe it's just your typing skills?

It's good advice for everyone (including myself) that it's always better to reread what you've written before submitting it.

And thanks to Bud, I like to improve my Americanisms. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which expression is corrent, "in a hurry" or "in hurry"?

Also, is it okay to use "advise" as a noun in a sentence? Shall we use "advice" instead?

Thanks for help.
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right I should have used "advice" not good at spelling Embarassed
I don't know about "in a huury" or "in hurry" I was told in my post that its correct to use "in hurry".
Dear friend its my typing skill,I'll try to improve it and thanks alot for your encouraging comment Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2003 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are right, crliu. It should be "in a hurry." I didn't notice the mistake the first time around.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The "can I ask you a question" should really be "may I ask you a question." The distinction between may and can is not bothered with much anymore, but technically it should be "may," and sounds better to me.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2003 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

marksesl wrote:
The "can I ask you a question" should really be "may I ask you a question." The distinction between may and can is not bothered with much anymore, but technically it should be "may," and sounds better to me.


"May I ask you a question?" is considered more formal or polite, and these days is less common. Not that many of us like being formal!

"Can I ask you a question?" is less formal or less polite, and has become accepted usage, though many people still complain about it.

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