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anreak

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There goes a silly question, I'm sorry...

I sent an application e-mail and received an e-mail reply (not an automatic answer) telling me that my application has been received and I'll have a position about the application shortly.

I ask if I should answer this reply or I'll sound pushy or insistent. If I should answer how should I answer? What should I say in standard british english?:shock:

Thank you so much. Any correction in my message is welcome.
 

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There goes a silly question, I'm sorry...

I sent an application e-mail and received an e-mail reply (not an automatic answer) telling me that my application has been received and I'll have a position an answer/a communication about the application shortly.

I ask if I should answer this reply or I'll sound pushy or insistent. If I should answer how should I answer? What should I say in standard British English?:shock:

Thank you so much. Any correction in my message is welcome.

You could send a short message just to say "Thank you for responding to my application. I shall look forward to hearing from you."
 

anreak

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You could send a short message just to say "Thank you for responding to my application. I shall look forward to hearing from you."

Thank you for your prompt answer. But...humm :roll:...what's the reason for the usage of shall?? I know it's the past of should but what does it mean in this sentence? I can't figure it out.
 

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Thank you for your prompt answer. But...humm :roll:...what's the reason for the usage of shall?? I know it's the past of should but what does it mean in this sentence? I can't figure it out.

Be carefull when correcting native speakers;-)as the know best.

shall is not the past form of should...
"shall" simply means "will"
 

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Well, I was not correcting I was just asking about shall and the meaning of that word. As you have noticed I don't have a good grasp of English, and I have to say not even of my first language, which is Portuguese.

Shall isn't a very common word for who is learning English, actually its usage is neglected in English courses and even in books.

English as any language is full of tricks that's the reason that always I learn something new I like to know more details about words, idioms and expressions. This is what makes learning a new language so interesting.

Anyway thank you for your answer, Banderas. :up:
 

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Thank you for your prompt answer. But...humm :roll:...what's the reason for the usage of shall?? I know it's the past of should but what does it mean in this sentence? I can't figure it out.

You could equally well use "will"; I like "shall" better in this context - less aggressive.
 
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