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Sunday, June 24, 2012


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hi simon,
Is that fine, if I say,i look forward to receive your response instead of'to receiving'?

Very good example simon. How about the sample letter like dissatisfaction about the product you bought or complaining about the service?

As far as i know, these kind of questions are being asked mostly.

Thanks again for your great work.

Hi Nimms,

No, we only say "look forward to + ing".


Thanks Vivek. I'll do one of those soon.

hi Simon,

You have just moved into a new home and are planning to hold a party. You are worried about that the noise may disturb your neighbour. Write a letter to your neighbour.

How can I start and finish this letter? I thought it should be "Dear Mr. Smith - Yours sincerely" because I have just moved and I do not know my neighbour very well . İs it fine? Thank you in advance...

Hi Arzu,

Yes, that would be fine. You could also write "Dear neighbour" and "Best regards" - a bit less formal.

I would like to add input for Nimms's question.

The case on "look forward to" followed by verb+ing is a special case. The word "to" refer as a preposition. Therefore it must be continued with verb+ing.

I can see your mix up with the rule "to + verb1". However, it is easier to remember the phrase "look forward to" will always followed by verb+ing.

Hope this help.

Oh and another thing.

Many people tend to mix up and overlap the point "describe the situation" with the point "explain why you cannot continue at this time".
Somehow they fail to differentiate those point, just like myself back then. I thought that "describe the situation" means describing why you cannot continue the course.

It is important to address each point accurately and try to find the difference between them. Therefore, you can have all three points of the letter answered correctly.

The easiest way for me when answering the point "describe the situation" is try to made up with some imaginary but realistic present situation of yourself. For example, write about the things you currently do, which is coherence with the topic of the letter.

Lastly, try to separate writing the answer for those points into different paragraphs. By doing this, you will convince the examiner that you have fulfilled all the points. People don't get the desired grades when they think the should have gotten is because of this, fail to address each point correctly.

Hope this help :)


I was hoping someone could answer this for me.

In the letter simon says, "I am part of the team…. Beijing to negotiate terms and conditions" - can i say THE terms and conditions? or is that wrong ?

Also, "Rather than try to catch up when i return from china.. " - can i say " Rather than TRYING to catch up … " or is this wrong ?

All help is much appreciated. - is this a correct phrase?

Thank you

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to inform you that I cannot continue my English course with you.

As you know I am working as a software engineer in a large IT company on the full-time basis. My company got a new project with strict deadlines and I am a part of the team who should complete the software application.

My employer requested me to work hard next two months to complete the project. If the project runs successfully, I will get a promotion, hence, I should work overtime next two months in order to get a high position in my company.

I would be extremely grateful if you could continue the lessons after completion the project, which will be after eight weeks. However, if you cannot, please, as per our contract refund the money for the pending lessons.

I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,
Artur Yolchyan

Another answer, but I think I have some mistakes in my letter, opening could be improved and less linking.

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