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    #1

    "Sent a letter in the post office"

    This must be another word for word translation. Would it be better to say? "I went to the post office to send a letter" instead of the sentence below.

    "I have sent a letter in the post office."

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    #2

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    This must be another word for word translation. Would it be better to say? "I went to the post office to send a letter" instead of the sentence below?

    Yes.


    "I have sent a letter in the post office."
    Put question marks at the ends of questions, not in the middle.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #3

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post

    "I have sent a letter in the post office."
    That means nothing.
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    #4

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    "I went to the post office to send a letter" is perfectly natural English.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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    #5

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    "I went to the post office to send a letter" is perfectly natural English.
    And/or ".....mailed a letter...".

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    #6

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    And/or ".....mailed a letter...".
    Only in American English.
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    #7

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Or "post a letter".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #8

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Or "post a letter".
    In British English, yes. We don't use the expression here in the United States.
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    #9

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    We don't need to go to the post office to send a letter.

    We stick a stamp on the envelope and put in a (UK) red post box or (USA) blue mailbox in the street.

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    #10

    Re: "Sent a letter in the post office"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    We don't need to go to the post office to send a letter.

    We stick a stamp on the envelope and put in a (UK) red post box or (USA) blue mailbox in the street.
    You can't get a "proof of posting" from the post box.
    Retired magazine editor and native British English speaker - not a teacher

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