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  1. Shaf
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    Smile Sentence formation

    When you ask someone to hold during a chat session, what is the best way to do so:
    1. Please be online while I ..
    2. Please be on hold while I..
    3. Please stay online while I..
    4. Please hold while I...
    5. Please stay on hold while I....

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    Re: Sentence formation

    Hi,
    Personally I think sentence 3 should be the best, however, I don't know if while is perfectly suitable here.

    Usually I would say something like:
    Please be still online when I'm back in a few minutes.
    or:
    I will be back in a few minutes, please stay online.


    Maybe you like it...

    Cheers!


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    Re: Sentence formation

    There are many websites which help you in learning Language. Sentence formation is the basic step for anyonewho is trying to learn the language

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    Re: Sentence formation

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaf View Post
    When you ask someone to hold during a chat session, what is the best way to do so:
    1. Please be online while I ..
    2. Please be on hold while I..
    3. Please stay online while I..
    4. Please hold while I...
    5. Please stay on hold while I....
    For now, "hold" refers to the telephone, so you can immediately eliminate 2, 4, and 5.

    The person is already online, so don't tell them to "be" on line.

    #3, as Nightmare said, is your best choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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