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    iamwkk is offline Junior Member
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    Default Is this really that bad?

    Is this English? Someone said it's not.

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    Dear Mr Chen,

    It was a pleasure to have lunch with you last week at the Riverview Restaurant.

    In January, from the 1st till the 10th, China's pride Zhou Zebo, Executive Chef of the Canton Hotel in Guangzhou, will be giving our guests an exclusive opportunity to taste his expertise in fine dining cuisine at Riverview. Chef Zhou will showcase all his signature dishes with both set lunch and a la carte dishes.

    For a truly unique experience, book our private function room and enjoy an exceptional evening of the finest food and wine with exclusively designed tableware. You will also have the chance to win a return air ticket to Beijing on Cathay Pacific.

    Furthermore, on the 8th, a special gourmet dinner will be held. For details, please refer to the January monthly newsletter.

    Best regards and we all look forward to seeing you soon at Riverside.

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    Default Re: Is this really that bad?

    iamwkk, it's wonderful. There's one change I'd make:

    Dear Mr Chen,

    It was a pleasure havinglunch with you last week at the Riverview Restaurant.

    NOTE, I changed "to have" to "having". Infinitive forms express an unactualized event, whereas -ing forms expresss an actualized event. You had lunch, that event was actualized, to "having" works best. Compare:

    (Greeting) It's a pleasure to meet you. (not fully actualized)
    (Farewell) It was a pleasure meeting you. (actualized)

    In January, from the 1st till the 10th, China's pride Zhou Zebo, Executive Chef of the Canton Hotel in Guangzhou, will be giving our guests an exclusive opportunity to taste his expertise in fine dining cuisine at Riverview. Chef Zhou will showcase all his signature dishes with both set lunch and a la carte dishes.

    For a truly unique experience, book our private function room and enjoy an exceptional evening of the finest food and wine with exclusively designed tableware. You will also have the chance to win a return air ticket to Beijing on Cathay Pacific.

    Furthermore, on the 8th, a special gourmet dinner will be held. For details, please refer to the January monthly newsletter.

    Best regards and we all look forward to seeing you soon at Riverside.

    Well done!

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