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If anyone comes to see me while I am out, you tell him that I will come back in thirty minutes.
1. Could you proofread the sentence above?
2. Can I say: Can I say: If anyone visits me during my absence, please tell him that I'll be back in thirty minutes?
If anyone comes to see me while I am out, will you tell him that I will be back in thirty minutes please.
1. Would it be better to put a comma between minutes and please?
2. Which is better, "... please." or "... please?"?
Do you see how I used a comma before and after "however"? Just as I used commas before and after "however", I would use commas before and after "please". With "please", however, some people don't use commas.
Last edited by PROESL; 15-Aug-2009 at 18:23. Reason: typo again
them that I'll be back in thirty minutes.
I would use absence for longer periods of time.
If I receive any inquiries during my absence, please, send a text message to my cellphone. I want to reply to all inquiries immediately, even during my vacation.
Well, I know what could be coming next, so I'll post the usage note now.
USAGE NOTE The use of the third-person plural pronoun they to refer to a singular noun or pronoun is attested as early as 1300, and many admired writers have used they, them, themselves, and their to refer to singular nouns such as one, a person, an individual, and each.
Read the rest of the usage note here: they: Definition from Answers.com
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