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    Closing sentence in a business letter (no -ing?)

    I've just been reading a sample business letter and came across this closing line:
    "I await your early reply."
    Why isn't the ing-form used here?

    Would it be wrong or diffrent in tone to say "I'm awaiting your early reply"?


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    Re: Closing sentence in a business letter (no -ing?)

    Quote Originally Posted by inbochum View Post
    I've just been reading a sample business letter and came across this closing line:
    "I await your early reply."
    Why isn't the ing-form used here?

    Would it be wrong or diffrent in tone to say "I'm awaiting your early reply"?
    I am awaiting your early reply is acceptable but is less formal. In business letters it would be better to use the more formal wording: I await your early reply.

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