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    #1

    A little help required

    Please please please can anyone help. I am not a teacher but a 42 year old employee with limited ability when it comes to letter writing. I am no better now than I was the day I got a 'U' grade in my 'O' level English exam 26 years ago.I have been given an opportunity to further my career however I will need to improve my basic grammar and general use of the English language. Can anybody tell me the best way to learn the required skills spending a couple hours each evening on this site?

    Thanks

    (this has taken me 20 minutes to write)

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    #2

    Re: A little help required

    If you stick around here for some time, you'll certainly improve. You can ask questions, read questions of other members and try to answer them (at least in your mind). Try to get through the polls too.

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    #3

    Re: A little help required

    The best way to improve your writing is to practice. You could try writing some sample letters of the type that your job requires and post them here for feedback.

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    #4

    Re: A little help required

    Based on what you have written, your "skills" seem to be OK even though it took you 20 minutes. Suggest you "google" "writing topics" and click on and explore "400 Writing Topics, Prompts and Suggestions". There are many other websites that could be helpful but this one seemed interesting and informative. Then prepare a few paragraphs and submit them here for review.

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    #5

    Re: A little help required

    Start by reading The Elements of Style by Strunk & White.
    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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    Re: A little help required

    Quote Originally Posted by boozl View Post
    Please please please can anyone help. I am not a teacher but a 42 year old employee with limited ability when it comes to letter writing. I am no better now than I was the day I got a 'U' grade in my 'O' level English exam 26 years ago. I have been given an opportunity to further my career, however, I will need to improve my basic grammar and general use of the English language. Can anybody tell me the best way to learn the required skills, spending a couple hours each evening on this site?

    Thanks

    (this has taken me 20 minutes to write)
    Hi boozle, where are you in the UK? Your English writing is not bad, I have introduced a bit of necessary punctuation into your text, but your use of the language is ok. If you have any questions about specific points, please post them, I will be glad to help you.

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    #7

    Re: A little help required

    Help required

    A site report written by me earlier this week.





    Steve,
    Please find listed below the issues discussed and agreements reached with ---- ------- yesterday (11-03-10)

    RAMS
    1.0 - Risk assessment and method statement issued for approval rejected!
    1.1 - Method statement to be re-issued taking main contractors recommendations into account.

    DELIVERIES
    2.0 - Procedures discussed and agreement reached.
    2.1 - All deliveries to be accepted and unloaded as specified in method statement.
    2.2 - Main contractor to be given a minimum 24 hours notice whenever possible.
    2.3 - Delivery schedule to be issued to the main contractor whenever possible.
    2.4 Delivery slot each week, on the same day and at the same time would be beneficial.

    GENERAL
    3.0- Assurances were given that plant deck floor plinths would be completed by 22/4/10. Deliveries of dampers and ductwork have been arranged accordingly.
    3.1- Plant level loading bay scaffold will need to be adapted.
    3.2- Some plasterboard walls will need to be erected before the majority of plantroom ductwork can be installed. This will need to happen alongside the 1st floor ductwork plasterboard wall installation.
    3.3 - Assurances were given that the 1st floor ductwork installation would be able to commence 07/04/10. Deliveries of dampers and ductwork have been arranged accordingly.
    3.4- Not all, but many, plasterboard walls will need to be erected before any specific area can be deemed ready for ductwork installation.

    Kind regards

    Brian



    Can anybody help me improve on this. On reflection I am not really happy with the format or content.

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