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thomas615

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Teacher, is this sentence OK?

I am wondering if you keep your original receipts of the expenses you have spent for your medication. If so, please send them to me.
 

SlickVic9000

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How about this:

"I was wondering if you kept the receipts for your medication. If so, please send them to me."
 

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I think that both this and thomas's version are fine. They have slightly different meanings, but come to the same thing in practical terms.
 

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Teacher, is this sentence OK?

I am wondering if you keep your original receipts of the expenses you have spent for your medication. If so, please send them to me.

I think "the expenses you have spent" is somewhat tautologous, and that the whole sentence is unnecessarily long, though not ungrammatical (barring the use of "if you keep" followed by "you have spent").

Did you keep the receipts for your medication payments/costs? If so, please send them to me.
Do you have the receipts for your medication payments/costs? If so, please send them to me.
 

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I'm even shorter:
Please send me the original receipts for your medication, if you have them.

However, it does leave the reader to wonder what he or she should do if the original receipts are no longer available. It would be useful to include what the next step would be if the receipts were thrown away.
 
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