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    I would like to get a membership in(or with) your library.

    Is this the correct way to politely express our willingness to get membership?

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    I would like to become a member of your library.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    I would like to join the/this library.

    If you are actually standing at the main desk of the library, I don't think there is any need to describe it as "your library". In BrE, we frequently use "join" to mean "become a member". I don't know if that works in AmE.

    I joined a gym.
    I joined the library.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Jun-2012 at 14:58. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would like to become a member of your library.
    My following question is going to be about the membership options. So, I just want to use the word membership in my question itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    My following question is going to be about the membership options. So, I just want to use the word membership in my question itself.
    That's fine. I was just giving you the alternative. There's no reason why you couldn't say "I would like to join the library. What are the different membership options?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would like to join the/this library.

    If you are actually standing at the main desk of the library, I don't think there is any need to describe it as "your library".

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    I see a lot people here(India) using your when refering to the place there are in.

    Does your shop have these books?

    What plans do your company offer?

    (May be they want to make sure that they are speaking to the right person)

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What are the different membership options?"
    Which preposition that comes membership(in or with)?

    Can I use types of membership instead options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    Which preposition that comes membership(in or with)?

    Can I use types of membership instead options?
    The normal preposition, if the word "membership" precedes the institution involved, is "of".

    My membership of the AA has just expired.
    He admitted to his membership of the Nazi party.

    There are other possibilities of course:

    Can I have full membership with added extras?
    I would like to take out family membership with my wife.
    I'm going to lose my membership in two weeks.

    "Types of membership" sounds OK to me. I have occasionally seen "Memberships", ie:

    Memberships available: Adult/Child/OAP
    Memberships offered: Peak/Off-peak

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The normal preposition, if the word "membership" precedes the institution involved, is "of".
    I see 2080 examples for "membership in" in COCA.(I know some of them may not be standard but I just want to know your view on that.)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    He admitted to his membership of the Nazi party.
    What does admitted to mean in this context? Does it mean "He has given a membership of Nazi party"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by david11 View Post
    I see 2080 examples for "membership in" in COCA.(I know some of them may not be standard but I just want to know your view on that.)

    I can't actually think of an example sentence using "membership in" so could you post an example sentence please?

    What does admitted to mean in this context? Does it mean "He has given a membership of Nazi party"?

    No. Here, it's the verb "to admit" meaning "to acknowledge something as true". Being a member of the Nazi party is not something which most people would wish to be made public. They would probably normally deny that they were ever a member. However, in this example, the person has admitted it.
    See above.

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