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    #11

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    Quote Originally Posted by ayidh View Post
    Thanks, Tarheel.

    I am aware of that, but our language (Arabic) is flowery and seems to be wordier, stuffed with past participles and piled with chunks of phrases as you know from my translation.
    I'm not a translator, but it's usually not a good idea to translate directly from one language to another. (I know a little German, and sometimes you can translate directly from German to English, sometimes not. Also, you can't translate directly from Spanish to English. (Ask me why.).)
    Last edited by Tarheel; 14-Jan-2020 at 21:46. Reason: Another correction
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    #12

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    Quote Originally Posted by ayidh View Post
    With regard to your requesting us for a piece of information on the previous project undertaken in the Dali village, we would like to remind and apprise you of the bilateral agreement, which we had already signed off with you, and which stipulates that we cannot furnish you with your request the information unless until the project has been finished off.

    With our best wishes.
    I agree entirely with Tarheel that you need to simplify everything. In short, you are trying to say "You recently asked us for some info about the Dali village project. We can't give you the information until the project is finished. You already agreed to that arrangement". Your actual letter should fall somewhere between the unnecessary wordiness of your attempt and my more succinct version.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #13

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    finish off

    1. phrasal verb

    If you finish off something you eat or drink the remainder so there is none left.

    He finished off the donut. She finished off her coffee.

    2. phrasal verb

    If someone finishes off a person or animal that is badly injured or damaged they kill or destroy them.

    They meant to finish her off, swiftly and without mercy.

    (Collins)

    {As I noted above, I got this from the Collins online dictionary. It is, however, not a word for word copy as I did it using my imperfect memory.}
    Last edited by Tarheel; 14-Jan-2020 at 22:17.
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    #14

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    Thank you very much, emsr2d2 and Tarheel.

    Appreciate your help and informative inputs.

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    #15

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    Quote Originally Posted by ayidh View Post
    Thank you very much, emsr2d2 and Tarheel.

    Appreciate your help and informative inputs.

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    #16

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    Quote Originally Posted by ayidh View Post
    I appreciate your help and informative inputs input.
    Note my corrections above. Please write complete sentences. In this context, "input" should be used uncountably.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #17

    Re: Information-requesting Letter

    Thanks for your help

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