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    Is this sentence OK?

    I just realized there was a typo in my earlier letter therefore I have prepared a new letter.

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    Re: typo

    Not OK.

    It is a run on sentence, i.e. two sentences improperly joined into one. "Therefore " does not work as a connective.

    One solution would be to separate it into its two statements. "I made an error" is the first statement. "I did something about it" is the second statement. Each statement requires its own sentence.

    Or you could combine them into a compound sentence using a correct connective such as but. "I made a mistake, but I ..."
    Last edited by probus; 13-Mar-2013 at 03:58.

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    Re: typo



    I had an error in my previous letter. Thus, I have prepared another one.
    Have they constructed correctly, please?

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    Re: typo

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    I had an error in my previous letter. Thus, I have prepared another one.
    Have they constructed correctly, please?

    Members will learn quicker if they are given the opportunity to try and correct their errors first.

    Yes, that could be an example. However it does not sound as natural as other options could (It sounds more formal than the previous sentence.) (It is also a synonym of 'therefore'.)
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: typo

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I had an error in my previous letter. Thus, I have prepared another one.
    Have Are they constructed correctly, please?
    "I had an error" is far less likely than "I made a mistake/error / There was an error". 'Thus' is not appropriate. It is better to say 'new letter' than 'another one' which could be interpreted as 'another mistake'.

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    #6

    Re: typo

    As an NES, but not a specialist English teacher:

    I would personally have no problem with:
    "I realise(d) (that) there was a typo in my earlier letter and so have prepared a new one."

    Regards
    R21

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