Using relative pronounce in formal letters!

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Martina Durisova

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Could you help me with the formal letters?
Which sentence is more suitable for the formal letters?
1. There were more things with which we were not satisfied .
2. There were more things we were not satisfied with.
I know that in formal letters relative pronouns are not omitted and prepositions are not at the end of the sentence. Is it correct or not?
Thank you for the assistance!
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Could you help me with [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] formal letters?
Which sentence is more suitable for [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] formal letters?

1. There were more things with which we were not satisfied .
2. There were more things we were not satisfied with.

I know that in formal letters relative pronouns are not omitted and prepositions are not at the end of the sentence. Is it correct or not?
Thank you for the assistance!

:)

Formal letter or otherwise, I find the "with which we were" construction very wordy and unnecessary. You could say "There were other things which failed to satisfy us" or "There were other things which disappointed us".

Don't believe the urban myth that we don't end sentences with prepositions. We do. It's fine.
 

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I'm not sure why you felt the need to use an exclamation point in your thread title.
 

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Don't believe the urban myth that we don't end sentences with prepositions. We do. It's fine.

Is it an "an urban myth" or a rule was invented by Robert Lowth ?

 

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Lowth was indeed one of the first, if not the first to object to the sentence-ending preposition, of which he wrote disapprovingly, "This is an Idiom which our language is strongly inclined to".
 
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The type of nonsense up with which I will not put.
 

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Is it an "an urban myth" or a rule was invented by Robert Lowth ?


As far as I'm concerned, no one person can just "invent a rule" to be followed in a language. It's a myth that one must not finish a sentence with a preposition.
 

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As far as I'm concerned, no one person can just "invent a rule" to be followed in a language. It's a myth that one must not finish a sentence with a preposition.
It is indeed a myth, but many people believe it to be a rule and some have presented it as such. In that Lowth appears to have been the first to have expressed disapproval of this usage, it doesn't seem to me to be too much a stretch to say he invented the rule.
 
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