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    in sending e-mail
    Dear~

    I like to take a quiz instead of doing research.
    Do i have to go to your office and read the article in limited time and take a quiz right after reading or am i supposed to read the material at home and take a quiz at reserved time?

    (i am trying to write this letter to an assitant professor and asking about taking quiz instead of doing research.
    Can i use "for" to mean "instead of"?
    Can i use "will i read" or "am i going to read the material" when asking how the process is going to be?
    Could you edit this writing for me?
    Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonah2 View Post
    in sending e-mail
    Dear~

    I like to take a quiz instead of doing research.
    Do i have to go to your office and read the article in limited time and take a quiz right after reading or am i supposed to read the material at home and take a quiz at reserved time?

    (i am trying to write this letter to an assitant professor and asking about taking quiz instead of doing research.
    Can i use "for" to mean "instead of"?
    Can i use "will i read" or "am i going to read the material" when asking how the process is going to be?
    Could you edit this writing for me?
    Thanks so much.
    No, you can not use “for” in place of the phrase “instead of”because it means; inplace of, rather than: I ordered chicken instead of fish.
    The preposition ‘for’ means : In favour of, intended for, in the direction of and many other uses. This is for you.
    Your e-mail is Ok. I have made a few minor modifications as belew:
    "Dear~
    I like to take a quiz instead of doing research.
    Do I have to go to your office and read the article in limited time
    for takingthe quiz right after reading or am I supposed to read the material at home and then take the
    quiz at reserved time?"


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    My questions for the professor is " when i take the quiz, i would be reading the article and then taking a quiz straight in one place, or i could take the article home and then come back to take the quiz at the appointed time.
    I used reserved time for the appointed time.

    I don't understand why i have to use 'the' before quiz.

    And is this right to use? " He has done teaching only for making money." to mean 'even though he didn't have a quality for a teacher to have, as he needed to make money to live, he has been a teacher.'


    Thanks so much^^
    Last edited by jonah2; 20-Oct-2008 at 11:01.

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    You have to use an article before the noun “quiz”. Since you have already used ‘a’ when it was first mentioned, in its subsequent use “the” should be used to particularise the quiz, you have in mind.
    You can modify the letter as below to mean what you intend to express.
    I like to take a quiz instead of doing research.
    Do I have to go to your office and read the article in limited time for taking the quiz right after reading or am I supposed to read the material at home and then take the quiz at your convenience for which I will seek the appointed time.( reserved time?")

    Your second question: No, the sentence “He has done teaching only for making money.” Does not exactly match to your meaning. You can say: He has resorted to teaching only for making money.

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    Thank you so much *^^*

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    Instead of " am i supposed to", could i say " am i going to read~ " or " am i reading ~" ?



    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonah2 View Post
    Instead of " am i supposed to", could i say " am i going to read~ " or " am i reading ~" ?



    Thanks.
    You can say: "am i going to read" but not "am I reading".

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