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Saturday, August 24, 2019


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Thank you Simon.

Dear Simon,

Does bring your attention (TO)- "To" missed?


No, there's no "to" after "attention".

Here's a Google search that shows you the pattern that I used:


Dear Simon,

Many thanks for your sharing letter.
I also have a question about “be open”, which makes me confused. So I wrote 3 different types of the usage “open” below:

a) the market will be open until New Year’s day.
b) the market will be opened until New Year’s day.
c) the market will be being opened until New Year’s day.

The “open” in a) is an adjective, indicating the opening time/situation of the market. This way is used intensively and it seems to be a natural way.

The 'opened' in b) is a past participle, indicating the action of the owner of the market. Sometimes people use it.

The ‘opened’ in c) is a present continuous participle, indicating that the speaker wants to emphasize the opening time. But I find that people sometimes use it.

So, is my understanding about it right? Could you please correct my explanation?
Thank you.

Dear Simon
Thank you for your professional lessons.
I did not understand the grammar of one sentence in your writing:
"It is stated several times that the market will be open until new year's day, when in fact it is due to finish much earlier than this time...."
Would you please explain about using "DUE TO" in this sentence?
Thank you very much


"something is due to happen" means that there is a plan or expectation for it to happen.

So "it is due to finish" basically means "it will finish" or "it is scheduled to finish".

Hello Simon,

I was confused the way you used ''bring to''. I've checked the dictionary.

bring something to somebody’s attention

It should have been used ''bring a significant error to your attention ''

hello Simon,

Can we remove it from "when in fact it is due to finish much earlier than this"

e.g. "when in fact is due to finish much earlier than this"


My word order is also fine, and I chose that sentence structure on purpose.

The problem with the normal dictionary form that you mentioned is that the sentence would become:

"I'm writing TO BRING (a significant error in your recent article about festivals in Manchester) TO YOUR ATTENTION."

Can you see how long the "something" part (in brackets) is? This part of the sentence puts too much distance between "bring" and "to your attention", which reduces clarity in my opinion.

I would argue that my choice is more sophisticated in this context!



No, you can't delete "it" in that sentence.

is there any need to start bdy paragraph of letter with connectors or should we start it directly from the subject?

Hi Simon.
Thank you for your practical website and information.
I have question about this sentence of your sample letter.
''it is stated several times in the article that the market will be open until...''
I think the verb ''open'' must be used as a passive form'' opened''.
I would be appreciated if you could let me know if it is correct or not.

Hi ruby,

Both ways are fine.


Hi mohammad reza,

No, "the market will be opened" would be wrong. I wrote "open" on purpose and it is definitely correct.

Here's the simple explanation: I'm using "open" as an adjective (e.g. the shop is open), not a verb. So it can't be changed to a passive.

Hi Simon,
when in fact it is due to finish much earlier than this.
what is the meaning for "when"

Hi dear Simon
I really appreciate your training
I needed all of them
They are perfect

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