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Was there zero sense of privacy among famous authors who sent private letters to people?

In many cases, it seems as if famous authors and others have had their entire "private correspondence" leaked somehow. You will hear references to "Tolkien letter XYZ", etc., as if ...
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Is "Soliciting your positive response" a good way to end a formal letter?

I saw that ending somewhere once, and have been using it ever since. Just wanted to confirm if there's anything wrong with adding that in a request letter for a medical leave
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Is it acceptable to plan to include a postscript when writing a letter (And other postscript questions)?

I was writing a letter to my grandparents and realized that the entire purpose of my letter was what I was planning to include in a postscript (a scotch whisky recommendation), and that the body of my ...
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How to write a formal follow-up email to a professor?

So here is the problem! I asked a professor if he is taking any new students and he answered that there is a good chance that he would take me but he is waiting to hear back about his grant ...
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Can I address the recipient again in the body of a formal letter?

I start a formal letter like this: Dear Sir/Madam, ... May I again address the person I am writing to somewhere in the body of the letter? I see many people addressing the recipient more than once ...
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How should I start my daily diary entries?

My teacher once said that a daily diary is pretty much the same thing as a letter to a friend, except; it begins with "Dear diary" instead of "Dear friend". Is this true?
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How to write a letter asking for permission for something?

I need to write a letter asking for permission to enter a facility to get my things, which I left during the pandemic. Does anyone know how to write a good letter asking for permission for something?
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How should I remind my teacher how to spell my name correctly? [closed]

I would like to remind a teacher of mine, how to spell my name, Mackenzie. I do not want to be rude or demanding with this, only kindly state my concern. She spells it McKenzie, which I understand, ...
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Formal letter: capitalization after salutation?

In many formal letters, the first word after the salutation (e.g. "Dear Sir or Madam,") is the pronoun I, which is always capitalized. However, I recently wrote a letter for which this is ...
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"Dear Stack Exchange, I am very disappointed in you" - How to construct a strong opening line in a letter?

In light of recent events, I intended to write a simple letter of complaint to StackExchange. The obvious thing to do would be to write an opening with the fact such as It came to my knowledge that ...
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How to ask about the details of a job without making it sound like the employer is the one who needs you?

I was offered a job the other day (verbally) but I was not provided with a lot of details and, since I am a minor, my dad is the one who has to email my employer about whether or not I am going to ...
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How to organize distinct topics in personal letters to friends and family?

I often exchange long letters with family and close friends living far away every 1-2 months to stay connected and give updates on our lives. One characteristic of such a letter/long email is that ...
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Cover letter for supporting documents [duplicate]

I have already sent an official leave request letter to a university official. However, I do have another supporting document (another old letter) that would be good if I could attach it along with ...
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Cover letter for an additional attachment [closed]

I have already sent an official leave request letter to a university official. However, I do have another additional document that would be good if I could attach it along with the already sent letter....
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Writing a letter of apology and requesting financial assistance [closed]

Situation: I have spent almost all of my money due to my wrong decisions, and I need to ask a person to help. He knows that is my fault, so it is very embarrassing to ask him for help, but due to ...
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How to write an introduction letter as a professor? [closed]

Imagine my professor wants to introduce me to a famous university, but he is too busy to write an introduction letter1. I need to write it myself as if I was my professor, and he only has to sign it. ...
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Researching an Apology Email

I’m writing a comedy story that shows my two characters moving to the brink of tragedy and then, ultimately, to reconciliation. The tale is based on a series of emails between a football mad guy and ...
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How to write a good cover letter?

As I am applying for an internship in research labs writing a cover letter is the most important part while applying. I have gone through many websites regarding this, but I can't find the perfect ...
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Steps for writing a coherent letter ("Brief") in german? [closed]

Writing a coherent letter takes a lot of practice. What steps could one use in writing to form a coherent letter in german?
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How to open a new year's letter to customers?

I am looking for suggestions on how to open a letter to my customers in the new year. I personally couldn't care less about Christmas or new year's, but it is the accepted social norm. Hello {...
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What are proper ways to end a business letter?

How should you end a business letter? If you are writing a letter to your grandparents, I would use With Love from 'name' However, if you are writing a professional letter to someone important that ...
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Should I change the verb tenses in a letter I'm translating that has them in the present but talking about the past?

I am translating a letter written by a 16 year whose native language is not Spanish. I feel very positive that I have to translate into correct English and keep any colloquialism or idioms. ...
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book placement in libraries [closed]

Please we are an organisation who have come up with training manuals. we want these manuals deposited in public libraries in our country. how do we write a cover letter to the Liberians to get the ...
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Is there a better greeting than 'Dear John, et al'?

I'm writing a letter (electronically) to accept an invitation extended by a group of people (open source project). The invitation itself was written by a single person (say 'John'), but on behalf of ...
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If I write a word with a letter that isn't used, will I confuse my reader?

Background So I recently had my first ever issue with the spelling of places in my novel. Someone pronounced a rather illustrious city, Ethil, incorrectly. Ethil is not pronounced with a 'f' sound as ...
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How to politely remind somebody of a meeting we had a few days ago? [closed]

The person in question is a superior and I was wondering how to start the email I am writing to this person with a reminder of that meeting.
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How to write a polite reminder email to a professor? [duplicate]

I would like to write a reminder to a professor to see if he has had time to read my proposal and what he thinks about it. What do you suggest to add/remove to the below email, and what subject should ...
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How to write mail where the topic inside mail is not our concern

Today I received a mail from our support team which is beyond our concern and we can't look into the matter. I need to mail them back "As we can not do anything regarding this case". Since this will ...
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How do I explain personal details to my professor without being inappropriate?

I am writing an email to my professor in hopes that I can make up an exam that I missed. I missed the exam under fairly extreme circumstances, catching the flu and not being aware it was on that day, ...
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Eliminating repetitive “which was ... ” statements at the end of sentences

I have noticed lately, that when I write letters describing things I've done recently, I default too often to sentences that look like "We did such-and-such, which was really great." I notice that I ...
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Reminding my professor to update a grade? [closed]

I am writing an email to my professor as a reminder to update my grade on a particular assignment. I had an assignment that is graded based on a written essay and a presentation. I submitted the ...
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Writing confirmation job duties letter [closed]

I'm preparing a letter for my manager to sign. I don't know how to start the letter, I want the letter to say : I'm John Doe manager of John Smith. And the following is the list of job duties for John ...
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How should I have my male character express strong feelings?

I am a woman, and I wrote a book out of the perspective of a guy. His best friend tells him she wants to kill herself. So he writes her a diary (with her in mind as the audience) about everything they ...
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"Till now" in formal letter

Is it okay to use "till now" in a formal letter? "Listing below all the changes done till now..." or is there a better synonym I can use?
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Opening of a cover letter [closed]

I am currently writing a cover letter (for a job application) and after a long 'struggle' with the opening paragraph, I've decided to start it by briefly presenting myself and then continuing with "...
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Asking people permission to publish their letters.

I quite like writing letters. I write: Letters to editor in newspapers. Compliant and compliment letters to companies. Website feedback. I plan to write to several successful individuals who I ...
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How to ask for response in an official letter?

I am writing an official letter along with my resume to the president of a sports federation so that I can enroll in the federation. When my letter concludes, how can I officially say Please reply to ...
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How to indicate that a single letter was removed from a quotation

Suppose a source text says: 1 Timothy 2:4 says that God desires all people to be saved. Now suppose I want to quote it like this: It is possible for God to "desire all people to be saved." ...
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How would I improve the language and structure of this farewell email? [closed]

I will shortly be moving to another a role within the same organisation and was wondering if you could advise on how I could improve the language and structure of this farewell email. It seems a bit ...
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How do I write a letter to a publisher?

If I send a manuscript to a publisher, what should I put in the letter to them?
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How do I write a proper cover letter?

I'm an engineer with a fair knowledge of the English language. I can converse with people in English and write as well, but now I'm interested in learning to write cover letters and blogs. I see ...
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Using P.S. in a formal email

I had a quick question in regards to using P.S. I just finished writing up a formal follow-up email for an interview. I touched over a lot of information and brought up some new topics. Anyway, I ...
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How to write to a famous author?

I once knew a famous author, but for complex reasons I lost the privilege of his acquaintance. In trying to begin a writing career concerned with many of the same subjects as his work, it occurs to me ...
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"I have/am" - what are other short ways to not repeat this in a cover letter?

I use the GIS/Programing ones extensively. For a cover letter, what are ways that you can avoid repeating I have done .... I have experience with ... I am experienced in... ...
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Avoiding unintended rudeness or accusatory tones in reminder emails

I am in one of the newsletter teams of my company. Last week, I had mailed the Vice-President of our company to write an article for our newsletter, to which he replied in affirmative and mailed me ...
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What are the 'header' lines/meta information in a formal letter called?

When writing a letter there is often meta information about the correspondence before the actual content of the letter. For example, in bold below:- Address,Town,City,Postcode 23rd July 2012 ...
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What is the best way to introduce myself in a letter to a prospective graduate adviser?

I'm applying for graduate school, and I'm considering writing to Professors whose research areas match with what I intend to pursue. I've a Masters' degree and 2 years working experience in a renowned ...
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A letter of recommendation

I am a programmer/engineer who has been asked to write a letter of recommendation for a colleague, who wishes it to help him pursue higher education. Since I feel it necessary, to be very ...
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Is P.S. (Post Script) still useful in the age of email?

"Post script is usually written when a writer forgets to write something on the main body of the letter and wants to add on to what he had written on the letter." But in this age of email and word ...
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How to obtain a thoughtful critique of a job application cover letter?

Sometimes, not always, when searching for my next position or project, I make an effort to write an interesting cover letter, one intended to convey images and passion, a story. I want it to be a ...
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