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    Letter to a colleague

    Hello everybody. I often write e-mails (formal and informal) in English. Often I am not sure if what I write is correct or not.
    I insert here an e-mail, which I recently sent to a colleague. It is not that specific e-mail, but it is very similar. Could you please correct the text and/or give me some tips?

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    Dear Carlos,

    How are you? I hope you are enjoying New York. It is probably as cold as Luxembourg.
    I am writing to enquire about your idea to make a meeting next week. Since I did not submit anything this year to the ING conference, I would come only to join the meeting.

    Since my supervisor will be there, do you suggest that I come as well?
    If so, I will register to the conference as soon as possible. If not, I can prepare few slides, to show what we would like to do in New York.

    Further, I am still available for a Skype interview with the other people in San Francisco. After the email in which I introduced myself, I did not have any answer. Of course, if they are interested, I am still available. I am going to send an email to everybody about this.

    Your sincerely,

    ....

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    Re: Letter to a colleague

    Quote Originally Posted by GuidoCa View Post
    Dear Carlos,

    How are you? I hope you are enjoying New York. It is probably as cold as Luxembourg.
    I am writing to enquire about your idea to make a ask you what you think about going to the meeting next week. Since I did not submit anything this year to the ING conference, I would come to the meeting only as an observer.to join the meeting.

    Since my supervisor will be there, do you suggest that I come as well?
    If so, I will register to for the conference as soon as possible. If not, I can prepare a few slides to show what we would like to do in New York.

    Further, I am still available for a Skype interview with the other people in San Francisco. After the email in which I introduced myself, I did not have any answer. Of course, if they are interested, I am still available. I am going to send an email to everybody about this.

    Your sincerely,

    ....
    Use either "conference" or "meeting" to refer to the event. Otherwise, you may confuse the reader.
    Also, I could not understand the text highlighted in red.

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    Re: Letter to a colleague

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Use either "conference" or "meeting" to refer to the event. Otherwise, you may confuse the reader.
    Also, I could not understand the text highlighted in red.
    Thank you!
    1) The part in red refers to a previous mail, for which I am still waiting for an answer. The meaning is "if they answer me, I will be more than happy to contact them again".
    2) Concerning your corrections, I think I do not completely understand. I will formulate here my questions:
    - I am writing to ask you what you think about going to the meeting next week.
    The meaning is not exactly the same. I would like to know if the meeting will take place or not. If so, what he thinks about going or not going to the meeting.
    - I used "enquire" as "to ask in a polite way". Is it grammatically wrong in this sentence? Is it not easy to understand?
    I applied this logic: I am writing to enquire about (something). something=your idea to organize a meeting.
    Is it a wrong way to use enquire?
    Last edited by GuidoCa; 19-Nov-2015 at 16:00.

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