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    Smile I'm in receipt of your letter.

    I'm in receipt of your letter.
    I've received your letter.



    Do both of the above sound right and mean about the same? Thanks.


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    Re: I'm in receipt of your letter.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    I'm in receipt of your letter.
    I've received your letter.



    Do both of the above sound right and mean about the same? Thanks.
    I'm not really sure but I think the above sentences are different...
    the first sentence(I'm in receipt of your letter.) means that your in tne action to receive the letter(present), while the second(I've received your letter.) means that you already received the letter(past)
    It is just my opinion...

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    Talking Re: I'm in receipt of your letter.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    I'm in receipt of your letter.
    I've received your letter.



    Do both of the above sound right and mean about the same? Thanks.
    The first should be " I'v been in receipt of your letter, but I'd suggest only the second one. The first one sounds a bit unusual and creepy. See what other veiwers would comment on them.
    Regards!
    Dawood
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    Re: I'm in receipt of your letter.

    Hi,

    The first one is a very formal version (arguably old-fashioned), normally used for business purposes. To be completely formal, you should say 'I am in...' rather that 'I'm in...'. If you start a letter like this, you have to continue the formal style throughout which could prove difficult.

    The second is less formal, but make sure you have the 'e' at the end of 'I've'

    Dave

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    Re: I'm in receipt of your letter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Mortimer View Post
    Hi,

    The first one is a very formal version (arguably old-fashioned), normally used for business purposes. To be completely formal, you should say 'I am in...' rather that 'I'm in...'. If you start a letter like this, you have to continue the formal style throughout which could prove difficult.

    The second is less formal, but make sure you have the 'e' at the end of 'I've'

    Dave
    Thanks, Dave.
    As a small aside, what does you mean by "arguably" in your post?

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    Re: I'm in receipt of your letter.

    Sorry, didn't realise English was not your mother language!

    'Arguably' means basically that it may be argued (debated). In other words, I considered it was old fashioned but others might disagree with my opinion.

    It is a word that is used quite a bit by journalists.

    Dave

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    Re: I'm in receipt of your letter.

    Thanks, Dave.
    Got it.

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