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    the tour to London

    In one of our writing tests,I came across this sentence:
    (In an email to a travel agent)
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    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing for more information about the day tour to London.
    ...

    My question is whether we can say 'a/the tour to someplace'. All dictionaries say 'a/the tour of/around/round someplace'. But there are a few in the corpuses with the use of 'to'. Are they good English?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: the tour to London

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    In one of our writing tests,I came across this sentence:
    (In an email to a travel agent)
    Dear Sir/Madame,
    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing for more information about the day tour to London.
    ...

    My question is whether we can say 'a/the tour to someplace'. All dictionaries say 'a/the tour of/around/round someplace'. But there are a few in the corpuses with the use of 'to'. Are they good English?
    I wouldn't say "tour to London"; it sounds odd. (like you are visiting the places on the way to London)
    I would say ' trip to London' and 'tour of London.' Let's see what British native speakers say.

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thanks in advance.
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    Re: the tour to London

    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing to request for more information about the day tour of London.

    or

    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing to request for more information about the day tour of London from Oxford.


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    Re: the tour to London

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing to request for more information about the day tour of London.

    or

    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing to request for more information about the day tour of London from Oxford.


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    Thank you, tedtmc. There might be nothing wrong with 'writing for more information'. The sentence below is taken from the Corpus of American English:

    ...but you don't know until you phone or write for information.

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    Re: the tour to London

    Hi joham
    You are right, there's nothing wrong with 'write for information'.

    The book says:
    ...but you don't know until you phone or write for information.
    In the letter, you write:

    As a student at Oxford University,I'm writing to request for more information about the day tour of London from Oxford.
    Come to think of it, the 'I'm writing' seems redundant in a letter. Wouldn't it be better to just say in your letter:

    As a student at Oxford University, I would like to request for more information about the day tour of London from Oxford.

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    Re: the tour to London

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Hi joham

    As a student at Oxford University, I would like to request for more information about the day tour of London from Oxford.
    "request for more information" is not good English. The verb "request" means 'to ask for', so just say 'request more information'. (of course you can also just say, 'I would like more information about...')
    But if you use "request" as a noun, you can say 'I (made)(received) a request for more information.'

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