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    shrink from the toil

    Please help me correct the sentences. Thanks!

    What a pleasant surprise to receive your phonecall! I can hardly believe that you manage to know my office through many hands. Thanks for your enthusiasm that you don’t shrink from the toil and hardship in kept inquiring our whereabouts.

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    #2

    Re: shrink from the toil

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    ... manage to know my office through many hands.
    Do you mean 'manage to find my office through many people'?

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    #3

    Re: shrink from the toil

    I don't really know what you are trying to say, but I am convinced you can say it better with fewer words.

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    #4

    Re: shrink from the toil

    I'm so happy you worked so hard to find me.
    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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    Re: shrink from the toil

    What a pleasant surprise to receive your phonecall! I can hardly believe that you manage to know my office through many people. I'm so happy you worked so hard to find me.

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    #6

    Re: shrink from the toil

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    you manage to know my office
    If the person being addressed has already found the office, should the past tense 'managed' be used?

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    #7

    Re: shrink from the toil

    Yes.

    Ashiuhto, note that "you managed to find my office through so many hands" is completely ungrammatical and unnatural. We still don't really know what you mean.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: shrink from the toil

    I guess the OP means 'through the information from many people's hands', it is Chinglish used by us Chinese people.

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 29-Aug-2014 at 10:15.

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    #9

    Re: shrink from the toil

    It originally means that you asked A whether he/she knows my office. Then, A asked B. Next, B asked C. Later, C asked D. Finally, D told you about my office. So you get connect with me.

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    Re: shrink from the toil

    Does it have anything to do with 'hands', which was used in your original sentence?

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