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    #1

    Provide=cover the costs?

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm applying to a family where I'd like to stay as an au pair. I'd like them to give me enough time to attend a language course and cover its costs. If I write them: "I would be very garteful if you could provide a language course", does it mean what I want to say?

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    #2

    Re: Provide=cover the costs?

    No, it doesn't. That sounds like you want them to teach you English.

    You need to say 'I would be very grateful if you would give me enough time off to attend a language course and cover its cost.'

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: Provide=cover the costs?

    That was helpful. Thanks!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-Jun-2013 at 22:01. Reason: Changing 'Thx' to 'Thanks'.

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    #4

    Re: Provide=cover the costs?

    You're welcome, but in future, just click on the Like button, please, Lily.

    It saves everybody's time.

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: Provide=cover the costs?

    There is something I don't understand. Students in Hungary are taught not to use WOULD after IF because it's ungrammatical. However, you wrote "if you would give me enough time off". Is it correct this way?

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    #6

    Re: Provide=cover the costs?

    That's what I would say.

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    #7

    Re: Provide=cover the costs?

    Is there a more polite way to say what I want to say?
    Last edited by Lily of the valley; 02-Jun-2013 at 00:32.

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