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    #1

    Can I say?

    Hi there,

    Are there any mistakes or oddities in the text below?

    Sorry, I couldn't make it yesterday. I got jammed somewhere. Good luck on your exam. Hope you let me or your parents down.

    Will it be better if I replace the period before 'Hope...' with 'and'?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    #2

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    Hello Mister N.,

    1. Sorry, I could make it yesterday.
    2. I got jammed somewhere.
    3. Good luck on your exam.
    4. Hope you let me or your parents down.

    #1 and #4 sound a little odd, as the negative form would be more usual.

    With #2, did you mean to say that e.g. you got stuck in traffic?

    All the best,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Can I say?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Nutty View Post
    Hi there,

    Are there any mistakes or oddities in the text below?

    Sorry, I couldn't make it yesterday. I got jammed somewhere. Good luck on your exam. Hope you won't let me or your parents down.

    Will it be better if I replace the period before 'Hope...' with 'and'?It is ok like this.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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    #4
    Thank you very much for your response, Mr.P

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Mister N.,

    1. Sorry, I could make it yesterday. Yes, I edited it.
    2. I got jammed somewhere.
    3. Good luck on your exam.
    4. Hope you let me or your parents down. Sorry, I made a mistake. I eat out "won't" before "let me".

    #1 and #4 sound a little odd, as the negative form would be more usual.

    With #2, did you mean to say that e.g. you got stuck in traffic? Yes, but not in traffic; at someone's house.

    All the best,

    MrP

    Now any mistakes left?

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    #5

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    Mr. Pedantic has signed off. Now who will pedantically nail my problem?

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    #6

    Re: Can I say?

    hello?

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    #7

    Re: Can I say?

    I do not see any.

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    #8

    Re: Can I say?

    Hello Mister N.,

    "I got jammed somewhere" isn't quite right; if you were at someone's house, "I got stuck somewhere" is more idiomatic.

    All the best,

    MrP

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    #9

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    Thank you again very much, Mr.Pedantic.

    Actually, the thing is I have said and written "I got stuck somewhere." several times before. So this time I want to be different. Can you help me say this differently and more vividly?


    P.S. You can rephrase the text in your style. I won't mind that. In fact, I would love it.

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    #10

    Re: Can I say?

    Hello Mister N.,

    You could say "I was held up somewhere". Not very vivid; but it does the job.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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