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    #1

    look into the matter/see the matter

    Please correct these sentences

    1.I will look into the matter/see the matter in detail and will take immediate measures to sort out the problem.

    2.Is that I/me who is responsible for coordinating the services for students?

    3.We offer 6 courses.Which course are you interested in?/Which course are you looking for?

    4.I could sort out the problem with the transportation/ I sorted out the problem with the transportation.

    5.Even though my husband works in Dubai, my dad's office is much
    nearer/closer to your institute.

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    #2

    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    We don't do your work for you, but people here can be very helpful if you have a go yourself first. What are your answers


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    #3

    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    I wanted to know which sentences sounded better.I think these sentences are better.Could you please correct these sentences?

    1.I will look into the matter in detail and will take immediate measures to sort out the problem.

    2.Is that I who is responsible for coordinating the services for students?

    3.We offer 6 courses.Which course are you looking for?

    4. I sorted out the problem with the transportation.

    5.Even though my husband works in Dubai, my dad's office is much
    closer to your institute.

    Regards
    Muktha

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    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    Quote Originally Posted by muktha View Post
    I wanted to know which sentences sounded better.I think these sentences are better.Could you please correct these sentences?

    1.I will look into the matter in detail and will take immediate measures to sort out the problem.

    2.Is that I who is responsible for coordinating the services for students?

    3.We offer 6 courses.Which course are you looking for? - probably (see below)

    4. I sorted out the problem with the transportation.

    5.Even though my husband works in Dubai, my dad's office is much
    closer to your institute.

    Regards
    Muktha
    For 2, neither of the options is right; I don't know what the tester is looking for. 'Is that I' would be 'correct' in some examiners' eyes, but when pointing to a photograph, say, the natural question would be 'Is that me [in the funny hat]?'. But the question 'Is that <person>' only works in this sort of context (physically pointing to a figure) - 'Is that John over there?'

    The natural thing would be to avoid "that" altogether, and ask 'Am I the one [who is - optional] responsible for coordinating the services for students?' or just 'Am I responsible for coordinating the services for students? Less formally the question could be 'Is it [not "that"] me who's supposed to....'.

    3 'Which one interests you?' would be most natural (repeating 'course(s)' is unnecessary). But if the applicant is specifically looking for a particular course, I think your version might be possible. I hope another teacher will chip in.

    A good try!

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    Last edited by BobK; 22-Sep-2008 at 20:38. Reason: Ticked 5

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    #5

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    Thank you very much BobK .

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    #6

    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    In the 5th sentence, If I replace 'closer' with 'nearer' Will that sentence be still correct?

    5.Even though my husband works in Dubai, my dad's office is much
    nearer to your institute.

    Regards,
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    #7

    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    It would be in Br English (the way I speak it). But maybe the examiner had some difference in mind. You need input from speakers of other sorts of English.

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    #8

    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    I am not a professional teacher, but here's my tuppenceworth on a couple of your sentences.

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    'Which one interests you?' would be most natural.
    I am with Bob on this one, although in NZ English, "which one are you (most) interested in?" would be very close in terms of naturalness.

    6 "Closer" vs "Nearer". I think that this another example of NZ English slowly shifting away from UK usage toward US usage. When I was growing up, I think "nearer" would have been the natural choice. Nowadays, I rthink it's probable that "closer" has the edge. To give you an entirely ephemeral and absolutely anecdotal statistic, I'd guss that the split would be 55/45 in favour of closer, but almost certainly trending more and more in favour of closer as time goes on. So speakers of NZ English 50+ would probably go for "nearer", those under 30 would opt for "closer" and those of us in our 40s would vacillate endlessly before picking one or the other for no discernible reason.

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    #9

    Re: look into the matter/see the matter

    From an AmE perspective:

    #3: We offer six courses. Which course are you looking for?

    It might be clearer if you asked "What type of course are you looking for? (or "What type of course are you interested in?") We offer six different courses."

    #5: Even though my husband works in Dubai, my dad's office is much nearer/closer to your institute.

    Definitely "closer to" would sound more natural in AmE. "Nearer to" sounds like you're quoting a text book. It's correct English, but it's not common American English.

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