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    #1

    How's the ...?

    I've got a letter to complete. It's a standard letter from holidays. It's embarrassing because it's from a workbook for beginners and I have no idea what to put there :/
    I'd like to ask for your help.

    It goes like this:

    Greetings from Spain.
    [details about my holidays]
    Right now I'm drinking orange juice. I can't wait to show you some photos. What about you? How's the .......... ? What are you doing on holiday? Well, that's all for the time being.

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    #2

    Re: How's the ...?

    Weather.

    Not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: How's the ...?

    There is not much there, but I would rearrange some of it. I suspect that the photos are from your holiday. However, it sounds as if the photos are of you drinking orange juice.

    Greetings from Spain.

    I am sitting here drinking orange juice as I write this letter to you. [details about my holidays] I can't wait to show you some photos.

    So, what about you? How are you doing on your holiday? How's the weather there? Tell me all about your trip. I hope you are taking a lot of photos to show me.

    Well, that's all for the time being.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 26-May-2014 at 12:26. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: How's the ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Weather.

    Not a teacher.
    But when we ask about the weather we say:
    What's the weather like?

    I've read a bit about "How's the weather?" here:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...e-weather-like

    Books, especially for beginners, usually teach "What's the weather like". So "How's the weather" would be something which comes out of the blue.

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    #5

    Re: How's the ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There is not much there, but I would rearrange some of it. I suspect that the photos are from your holiday. However, it sounds as if the photos are of you drinking orange juice.

    Greetings fro Spain.

    I am sitting here drinking orange juice as I write this letter to you. [details about my holidays] I can't wait to show you some photos.

    So, what about you? How are you doing on your holiday? How's the weather there? Tell me all about your trip. I hope you are taking a lot of photos to show me.

    Well, that's all for the time being.
    I've written my first reply before reading yours.
    So "How's the weather" is OK.

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    #6

    Re: How's the ...?

    Yes, it is fine, but so was your suggestion. English is a very rich language because the same thought can be expressed in many different ways.

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    #7

    Re: How's the ...?

    It could be How's the hotel?​ or pretty much anything related to holidays.

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    #8

    Re: How's the ...?

    It could be "How's the wife/family?" or pretty much anything unrelated to holidays too.

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    #9

    Re: How's the ...?

    "How's the condition of your asthma, diabetes, heart disease, nervous breakdown, etc."

    Not a teacher.

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    #10

    Re: How's the ...?

    paternity lawsuit?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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