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    rates per night including half board

    Hello all,

    So, last Monday i started teaching English in adult education in GER and now I'm realising that my English is farther from perfect than i'd thought .

    I had my students write a hotel booking and someone wrote "please give me an indication of your rates per night including half board".

    Is the bold type section correct? Googling it, i got only 3 hits.

    What would be a more common way to say this?

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    Re: rates per night including half board

    Quote Originally Posted by inbochum View Post
    Hello all,

    So, last Monday i started teaching English in adult education in GER and now I'm realising that my English is farther from perfect than i'd thought .

    I had my students write a hotel booking and someone wrote "please give me an indication of your rates per night including half board".

    Is the bold type section correct? Googling it, i got only 3 hits.

    What would be a more common way to say this?
    Absolutely correct, there is no more common way to say it. Perhaps you could try your rates per night including half board, I don't know if you will get more hits, but maybe.


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    Re: rates per night including half board

    Thanks bhaisabab,

    with a "your" in front there is not a single hit.


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    Re: rates per night including half board

    Rates per night on Half Board


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    #5

    Re: rates per night including half board

    Why are you googling? You need to have faith in your knowledge of the language.


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    Re: rates per night including half board

    Yes, mother

    Well, googling something in quotes is a reasonably reliable way of finding out what can be said in a foreign language and how common it is.
    However, this doesn't work with English so well simply because there are so many non-native speakers on the internet.


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    Re: rates per night including half board

    Absolutely!

    Presumably you do know these sites?

    [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus
    [Davies/BYU] The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)

    Invaluable for checking usages.

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    #8

    Re: rates per night including half board

    I'm a native AmE speaker, and this is the first time I've ever seen the phrase "half board." I had to Google it myself to find out exactly what you were talking about. It appears that "half board" means one or more meals is included in the price of your room....?

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    Re: rates per night including half board

    It appears that "half board" means one or more meals is included in the price of your room....?

    Yes, exactly that.

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    #10

    Re: rates per night including half board

    Quote Originally Posted by inbochum View Post
    Hello all,

    So, last Monday i started teaching English in adult education in GER and now I'm realising that my English is farther from perfect than i'd thought .

    I had my students write a hotel booking and someone wrote "please give me an indication of your rates per night including half board".

    Is the bold type section correct? Googling it, i got only 3 hits.

    What would be a more common way to say this?
    "including half board" gets you 17,000 odd hits, and the usage becomes obvious.
    Obviously the more words you add, the exponentially fewer results you'll get.

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