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    I would be grateful if you help me to correct the following e-mail.

    Please be advise that door master keys should be provided to us .
    The number of master keys is shown as follows:

    1. 3 nos of grand master key
    2. 8 nos of master key for e&m rooms


    How to use shall & should?

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    Default Re: master key

    Quote Originally Posted by ben9108 View Post
    I would be grateful if you help me to correct the following e-mail.
    Please be advise that door master keys should be provided to us .
    The number of master keys is shown as follows:
    1. 3 nos of grand master key
    2. 8 nos of master key for e&m rooms
    How to use shall & should?
    "Please be advise..." - this sounds very Eastern EFL. You are attempting to use the passive in the wrong context - formal/polite to imitate Chinese/Japanese usage. It should be "Please be advised..." by the way.

    The correct polite usage in English is different:

    "May I remind you that the master door keys should be provided to us?"

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