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    #1

    fell through the crack

    Is this sentence correct?

    I did not send the letter to XXX Company regarding the funding of the project. I have been so busy with so many projects so it must have fell through the crack.

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    Re: fell through the crack

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

    I did not send the letter to XXX Company regarding the funding of the project. I have been so busy with so many projects so it must have fell through the crack.
    It should be "fallen", not "fell". Even then the second sentence is a bit strange.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    "It must have fallen through the cracks" is an expression used to say that something got overlooked due to a heavy workload.

    Note that "cracks" is plural.

    fall through the cracks - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It should be "fallen", not "fell". Even then the second sentence is a bit strange.
    Yes, I agree. If this is some type of business deal/arrangement, for the response to have "fallen through the crack" and to have been "too busy" , would seem to be a much too casual excuse.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    I don't think I would expect to hang on to my job very long if my best excuse for not having done something were "Yeah, sorry, it must have fallen through the cracks". I think the next thing falling anywhere would be my letter of termination of employment falling through my letterbox.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think I would expect to hang on to my job very long if my best excuse for not having done something were "Yeah, sorry, it must have fallen through the cracks". I think the next thing falling anywhere would be my letter of termination of employment falling through my letterbox.
    I think it depends on the gravity of the forgotten action. You wouldn't fire your best employee because he forgot a trivial item.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think it depends on the gravity of the forgotten action. You wouldn't fire your best employee because he forgot a trivial item.
    I might if the best excuse s/he came up with were presented in so informal a way.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "It must have fallen through the cracks" is an expression used to say that something got overlooked due to a heavy workload.

    Note that "cracks" is plural.

    fall through the cracks - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
    I've always assumed it referred to the cracks in a wooden floor - a suspended one, that is, with floorboards on joists. I don't know if this is solid etymologically, but it works as a mnemonic.

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    Re: fell through the crack

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think it depends on the gravity of the forgotten action. You wouldn't fire your best employee because he forgot a trivial item.
    I imagine a letter about the funding of a project probably isn't trivial! And surely your best employee would forget nothing, trivial or otherwise.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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