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    Post present tense in letter-writing

    We write to advice you...

    Could you tell me why the present tense is used in letter-writting?

    Because what I am thinking is that when you receive the letter, definitely
    the the writer wrote the letter first before the receiver can read it.

    pls help me pls....

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    Re: present tense in letter-writing

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    We write to advise you... "Advice" is a noun."

    Could you tell me why the present tense is used in letter-writing?

    Because what I am thinking is that when you receive the letter, definitely
    the the writer wrote the letter first before the receiver can read it.

    pls help me pls....
    The writer writes in the present time for him/her. It would not be appropriate to wrote "We wrote to you..." or "We have written to you...", because it would appear to refer back to a previous letter.

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    Re: present tense in letter-writing

    Must be an explanation why the present continuous is not used but the indefinite present tense.

    Thanks

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    Re: present tense in letter-writing

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    Must be an explanation why the present continuous is not used but the indefinite present tense.

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    It is more common, in business letters in the U.S, to use the present continuous rather than the simple present. "We are writing to advise you....."

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    #5

    Re: present tense in letter-writing

    /A learner/

    I think that using the indefinite tense is correct.

    We write to advice. You..

    There was no ten people who wrote the letter but one only.
    He writes it on behalf of the entire company...

    But a teacher is supposed and welcome to explain it better.

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