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    #1

    how to use "instead"

    Is this sentence correct?

    I am currently away on vacation so please do not leave any message. Instead please call our receptionist at 852-XXX-XXXX for assistance

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    Re: how to use "instead"

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Is this sentence correct?

    I am currently away on vacation so please do not leave any a message. Instead, please call our receptionist at 852-XXX-XXXX for assistance.
    See amendments above. You can either say "Do not leave a message" or "Do not leave any messages".

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    Re: how to use "instead"

    *** NOT A TEACHER ***

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can either say "Do not leave a message" or "Do not leave any messages".
    Imagine the following:

    A: Don't you understand me? It's important!
    B: And don't YOU understand me? The boss is away on vacation, so do not leave ANY (expletives may be added ) message for him!

    I THINK this works, doesn't it?

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    Re: how to use "instead"

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    *** NOT A TEACHER ***


    Imagine the following:

    A: Don't you understand me? It's important!
    B: And don't YOU understand me? The boss is away on vacation, so do not leave ANY (expletives may be added ) message for him!

    I THINK this works, doesn't it?
    I understand that you want to put the emphasis on ANY and that's fine, but you still need to say "...do not leave ANY messages for him". If you want to use the singular "message" and still want to put emphasis somewhere, try "...do NOT leave a message for him".

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    #5

    Re: how to use "instead"

    Yudvgiu wrote

    I do not know! But I do not think this is right!
    If you do not know, why don't you wait for informed replies?

    You need to state that you are not a teacher, in accordance with the Notices near the top of the page.

    Rover

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    #6

    Re: how to use "instead"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yudvgiu wrote



    If you do not know, why don't you wait for informed replies?

    You need to state that you are not a teacher, in accordance with the Notices near the top of the page.

    Rover
    Yudvgiu has posted the exact same message on about 5 threads, the words "This is what?" on about another 7 or 8 and a spam link on another thread. I don't think we'll be seeing them for much longer.

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