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    Default good office meaning

    hi ...
    I have seen following sentence in one official letter.

    " I would like to request your good office to kindly sent all correspondences to the above mentioned address"

    My question is:
    what is the meaning of "good office" ?
    How to use this word in official letter??

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    Default Re: good office meaning

    I suggest you search "your good office" on the net and review some examples of it.

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    Default Re: good office meaning

    And make sure you look for the singular. 'Good offices' has an idiomatic sense [= 'benign operations"].

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    Default Re: good office meaning

    If it's singular, it's possibly just being polite.

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    Default Re: good office meaning

    ... but it's being polite about an organization (or even perhaps a place) on the analogy of 'your good self'.

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    The SOED gives this definition:
    6 A service done, a kindness, a piece of attention, especially of a specified kind, as good office, kind office. LME

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    Default Re: good office meaning

    I'm not familiar with the phrase. I read it as someone trying to be overly polite in a clumsy way.

    I would think you thought I had perhaps two offices, a good one and a bad one.

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    ashwini,

    People who respond to questions like to know if their answer has been of assistance. Unless you tell them, they never know. There is no need to write – if you just click on the ‘Thank you’ button at the bottom of their post.

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