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English

Writing Letters

Formal

Opening:

  • Dear Sir
  • Dear Madam
  • Dear Sir/Madam

Closing:

  • Yours faithfully

Semi-formal

Opening:

  • Dear Mr. Smith (Neutral in term of marriage status)
  • Dear Miss Jones (she’s unmarried)
  • Dear Mrs. Jones (she’s married or widowed)
  • Dear Ms. Jones (Neutral in term of marriage status)

Closing:

  • Yours Sincerely

Informal

Opening:

  • Dear John
  • Dear Mary

Closing:

  • Best wishes
  • Best regards

Reference: https://www.engvid.com/ielts-writing-letters-how-to-start-and-finish/

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English

“Hold”

Meaning: Keep or maintain a position

Idioms:

  • Hold on: Wait for a second, wait for a moment, wait
  • Hold your horses: Have patient
  • Hold your peace: Shut up (not impolite)
  • hold your tongue: Shut up (impolite)
  • Hold up: Waiting, Something is making you wait, Rubbery
  • Hold my own: to be as good as anyone else
  • Hold my ground: To not change your mind/decision, Keep your position

Reference: https://www.engvid.com/english-idioms-hold/

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English

Prepositions

AT:
very specific period of time

  • At 12:30
  • At 5p.m
  • At noon
  • At midnight

ON:
wider than AT like day or date

  • On Saturday
  • On Mondays
  • On new year’s day
  • On Dec 5th

IN:
Widest among all, Like months, seasons, years, decades or period of time

  • In September
  • In the summer
  • In 1995
  • In the 1960s
  • In the middle ages

References: https://www.engvid.com/prepositions-how-to-use-in-at-and-on-in-english

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English

Saying Hello and Goodbye

Ways to say hello:

  • Hi
  • Hello
  • How are you doing?
  • How are you? (Formal in North America)
  • Hey man
  • How’s it hang’ in
  • What’s up

Response to hello:

  • I’m good (Used most of the time)
  • I’m fine (Formal)
  • I’m well (Formal)
  • Alright, how about yourself?
  • Not too bad

Ways to say Goodbye:

  • Goodbye (Formal)
  • Later
  • See ya

References:
https://www.engvid.com/english-speaking-saying-hello-and-goodbye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxyxqGnbcC8

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English

Polite English Expressions

  1. Would/Could you please …
  2. If you don’t mind, …
  3. if it’s not a problem, …
  4. When you have/get a moment/second, …
  5. If you get a chance, …
  6. By any chance, …
  7. I’d appreciate it if you would … [position of authority]
  8. What if …
  9. How about …
  10. What do you think about …
  11. You should probably …
  12. I don’t want to keep you, …

Refrences: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kCTDhW9rqQ