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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    HEPL OF NATIVE SPEAKERS IS NEEDED!!!

    Hi,
    I'm writing a letter to a friend whom I've never seen before but we've been emailing each other for a quite a long time. Is it correct to ask him such a question "Concerning the issue of accommodation I would prefer to stay..."? Doesn't it sound too formal? Should I use more informal phrases?

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    #2

    Re: HEPL OF NATIVE SPEAKERS IS NEEDED!!!

    As to accommodation, I would ...

    Csika

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    #3

    Re: HEPL OF NATIVE SPEAKERS IS NEEDED!!!

    Yes, Csika - '
    As to accommodation, I would ...' sounds less formal.
    (End of line)

    I think you've had to wait a long time for a reply because you chose to SHOUT a command at us in capitals with multiple unnecessary exclamation marks.(End of line)

    A good title would have been
    Concerning the issue of accommodation
    as this is what your question is about.
    (End of line)

    I have indicated where I have ended the lines of my text. Infuriatingly, the text editor starts a new line in all the wrong places. Why can't somebody fix this?



    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-May-2012 at 18:39.

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    #4

    Re: HEPL OF NATIVE SPEAKERS IS NEEDED!!!

    If you've become good friends via written communication even though you've never met, then there's really no need for formality. In BrE, I would say "As far as accommodation is concerned (or As far as accommodation goes), I'd prefer to stay ..."

    However, if your friend offered to let you stay at their place but you are going to decline and stay at a hotel or something, I think it's important to thank them for their offer.

    Thanks for offering to let me stay at your place, but I would rather stay at a hotel. I wouldn't want to put you out and at a hotel I can make a mess and come and go as I please!

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