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    question and answer

    Teacher, is this sentence OK?

    I am wondering if you keep your original receipts of the expenses you have spent for your medication. If so, please send them to me.

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    Re: question and answer

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    How about this:

    "I was wondering if you kept the receipts for your medication. If so, please send them to me."

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    Re: question and answer

    I think that both this and thomas's version are fine. They have slightly different meanings, but come to the same thing in practical terms.

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    Re: question and answer

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Teacher, is this sentence OK?

    I am wondering if you keep your original receipts of the expenses you have spent for your medication. If so, please send them to me.
    I think "the expenses you have spent" is somewhat tautologous, and that the whole sentence is unnecessarily long, though not ungrammatical (barring the use of "if you keep" followed by "you have spent").

    Did you keep the receipts for your medication payments/costs? If so, please send them to me.
    Do you have the receipts for your medication payments/costs? If so, please send them to me.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: question and answer

    I'm even shorter:
    Please send me the original receipts for your medication, if you have them.

    However, it does leave the reader to wonder what he or she should do if the original receipts are no longer available. It would be useful to include what the next step would be if the receipts were thrown away.
    Last edited by 5jj; 22-Jan-2013 at 14:54.
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