Hi there,

Here are my two short emails that I'd like to have checked. Could I ask you to take a look and tell me what's wrong with them, and why? Thanks in advance!

Email no. 1

Hi there,

Thanks for your email, I got it 2 days ago. I’m sorry to tell you that I won’t be able to come to the meeting because of some other duties that I’ve got at work. I need to give a hand to one of my colleagues and finish up one project, or my boss is gonna foam at the mouth, and as you know, he flies off the handle from time to time. Anyway, I hope we’ll meet some other day! Once again - sorry that I can’t make it!

Take care!

Email no. 2

Dear Sir/Madam



With regard to the job offer I found in today’s issue of Daily Telegraph, I would like to present my candidature for the post in question. I would be grateful if you could provide me with additional information about the occupation and your requirements. Is it necessary for me to have a valid driving licence? I regret to advise you that I do not possess a car at the moment. Would you like me to send my CV? I look forward to your reply.

Best regards,

PS. And just one more thing - is this sentence correct? I'm dropping off with a splitting headache. Have a good night!
Hi,

Here are my two short emails that I'd like to have checked. Could I ask you to take a look and tell me what's wrong with them, and why? Thanks in advance!

Email no. 1

Hi there,




Thanks for your email, I got it 2 days ago. I’m sorry to tell you that I won’t be able to come to the meeting because of some other duties that I’ve got at work. I need to give a hand to one of my colleagues and finish up one project, or my boss is gonna foam at the mouth, and as you know, he flies off the handle from time to time. Anyway, I hope we’ll meet some other day! Once again - sorry that I can’t make it!

Take care!

This is OK as a casual email.

some other duties that I’ve got at work more casual is some stuff I've gotta do at work.

Email no. 2


Dear Sir/Madam,

With regard to the job advertised in today’s issue of the Daily Telegraph, I would like to present my candidature for the post in question. I would be grateful if you could provide me with additional information about the occupation and your requirements. Is it necessary for me to have a valid driving licence? I regret to advise you that I do not possess a car at the moment. Would you like me to send my CV? I look forward to your reply.

Rather than correct the rest of this, let me suggest that you just apply for the job, sending your CV and noting in your email that you don't drive.

Best regards, Yours sincerely.

PS. And just one more thing - is this sentence correct? I'm dropping off with a splitting headache. Have a good night!


No, say it another way.

Best wishes, Clive

thanks Clive,

hmm... I'm not sure what to do with "dropping off" ... I mean, I could use I'm falling asleep with a splitting headache ,couldn't I? But the thing is that I wanted to test myself on the use of to drop off which means to fall asleep, right?
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Hi,

Oh, I see. I didn't realize you were using the sleeping idiom. That's because 'dropping off' means going to sleep easily, whereas that seems hard to do if you have a bad headache.

Clive
I see. So, Clive, would it be possible to simpy say I'm dropping off ? I mean, to me, it sounds a bit odd... using this phrasal verb in the continuous form, but I assume it's allright anyway? I can't come up with any other context than for instance while chatting on the phone, or sending a text message to somebody...

Oh, by the way, coming back to the first email above. Did I use to foam at the mouth and to fly off the handle in a proper way?
So, Clive, would it be possible to simpy say I'm dropping off ? I mean, to me, it sounds a bit odd... using this phrasal verb in the continuous form, but I assume it's allright anyway? I can't come up with any other context than for instance while chatting on the phone, or sending a text message to somebody...

It's OK to say informally to an acquaintance. It would often be in a context where you'd continue by saying something like 'I'm dropping off (to sleep) right now, so I'll finish the email in the morning'.


Oh, by the way, coming back to the first email above. Did I use to foam at the mouth and to fly off the handle in a proper way?
Yes.

With regard to your second email, we've had several discssuions recently on the Forum to tell people not to finish with 'Best regards' if they start with 'Dear Sir/Madam'.

Best wishes, Clive
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thanks a lot, that's helpful,

just one more thing I'd like to clarify... is it possible to use to drop off without to sleep following it? so, would it be allright If I simply said I'm dropping off ? or would it sound odd or unnatural? how about I'm pretty tired, I'm dropping off ?

thanks,
Hi,

Sure, it's OK not to say 'to sleep' as long as you are spaeking in a context where the listener will understand that you are talking about sleep.

Best wishes, Clive