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    Sentence at the beginning of a cover letter "It is with great enthusiasm/interest..."

    Sentence at the beginning of a cover letter "It is with great enthusiasm/interest..." Hi teachers! Is it good to start a cover letter with the sentence ""It is with great enthusiasm/interest that I am writing to apply for..."? Does it sound idiomatic in English? Thank you very much!
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    [Grammar] Is it grammatical to say "strengthen someone's language foundation"?

    Hi teachers! I would like to ask if the following sentences are grammatical or not: 1. The course aims at strengthening/consolidating the students' language foundation. 2. The course aims at strengthening/consolidating the students' foundation of English language. Thank you in advance for...
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    [Grammar] Is it good to say this at the end of a formal letter?

    Hi everyone, I am writing a formal letter. May I ask if the following sentence is good enough to be included at the end of it? "I sincerely hope that my application will be granted, upon which I shall be most grateful." Thank you very much!
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    How to understand these sentences with "more...than..."? Thank you!

    Dear teachers, As an ESL learner, it is always my headache to understand sentences like the following ones with the structure of "more...than" conveying meanings in a seemingly indirect way: Sentence 1: "I wouldn't be anymore scared of him than any ordinary criminal." Sentence 2: "If I woke up...
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    "length of time of receiving private tutoring"?

    Hi everyone, In question form, I would ask: "How long have you received private tutoring?". Can I say that I am asking for the "length of time of receiving private tutoring"? Thank you!
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    What is the accent of the speakers in this dramatic reading of Jane Eyre?

    Dear teachers, I have found a beautiful, fascinating rendition of Jane Eyre's audio-book online. Could anyone help me to distinguish the accent the speakers are speaking with? Thank you very much! The link to the audio-book: https://archive.org/details/janeeyre3_1212_librivox It's better to...
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    "Low-level" mistakes?

    Hi everyone, If someone makes mistakes by spelling simple words such as "apple" wrongly, can I say they are making "low-level" mistakes?Thank you!
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    Fish ball is a street snack in Hong Kong? Fish balls are a street snack in Hong Kong?

    Hi everyone, Is is true that for countable nouns we should either add an article "a/an/the" or change it to plural form? Which of the following sentences is/are correct? 1. Fish ball is a street snack in Hong Kong. 2. Fish balls are a street snack in Hong Kong. 3. A fish ball is a street snack...
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    Fill in the missing words from/in questions 1 to 6?

    Hi everyone, Which preposition should I use in the following instruction? "Please fill in the missing words from/in questions 1 to 6." Thank you!
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    "All these have added to my experience"?

    Hi everyone, If I want to say that my experience has increased because of a few things mentioned, can I say: "All these things have added to my experience"? Thank you!
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    Video with "intact video display" but no sound?

    Hi everyone, How do you feel if some people say they have a "video with 'intact video display' but no sound"? Is it too formal? If yes, how would you put it? Thank you!
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    Type-2 conditionals to show politeness

    Hi everyone, I am puzzled over the use of type-2 conditionals to express politeness. Are the following sentences appropriate and grammatically correct when put in a formal letter asking for a chance to join a programme? Are there any differences in their meanings? 1. It would be a great honour...
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    "and" or "but"

    Hi everyone, I am not sure which conjunction to use in the following sentence. Could you give me some advice? "It is a good place, with many restaurants and shopping malls, but/and not too many people." Thank you!
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    Can "hope" be followed by "could/would" to show politeness?

    Hi everyone, I know that normally we use "will" or "can" after "hope." However, if I am showing politeness, can I write sentences like "I hope you could/would give me some advice."? Thank you!
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    Meaning of "no more...than..."?

    Hi everyone, I find it difficult to understand the meaning of the sentence structure like this: Conrad is no more completely English in his art than he is in his nationality. May I get some help? Thank you!
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