|Set-phrases for emails 7|
You will remember that there are 5 or 6 different patterns of verb chunks.
Task 1: Sort the verb chunks into the table below. Look the examples.
Task 1 Feedback:
Check out your answers in the language bank below.
* Notice that some of the verbs have more than one chunk. For example ‘hear n.p.’ and ‘hear that v.p.’ or ‘suggest that’ and ‘suggest Ving.’
* ‘Continue to V’ and ‘continue Ving’ have the same meaning.
* Use ‘suggest Ving’ when you are including yourself in the suggestion: ‘I suggest raising the price.’ Use ‘suggest v.p.’ when you want to make it clear that the suggestion is for someone else, and you are not including yourself in it: ‘I suggest you raise the price.’ However, you can also use ‘suggest that v.p.’ to include yourself if you change the subject to we: ‘I suggest that we raise the price.’ In that case there is no difference between ‘I suggest raising the price’ and ‘I suggest that we raise the price.’
* ‘Ask s/o to V’ means ‘request’ or ‘require’.
Ok, let’s look at examples of how these verb chunks are used in emails.
Task 2: Read these emails written during the SARS crisis. Find and underline the verb chunks from the previous task. Notice how they are used. Look at the example.
Task 3: Now choose two verb chunks from each column in the language bank and write your own sentences using the verb chunks.
Here are the answers for last week:
Task 2: Read these emails, and find and underline the verb chunks from the previous task. Notice how they are used. Look at the example.
Just a quick note to confirm that we are interested in your proposal. We believe that there is a good opportunity for this kind of project, but we would like to hear more.
Thank you for your application. I regret to tell you that because of the current situation here, we are not looking for new staff members. I have kept your application on file for future reference.
I know we haven’t seen each other for ages, but I’m afraid I have to cancel our dinner on Friday night again! Because of the situation here we are very busy and they are asking all staff to work more hours. I am currently working on an emergency plan for SARS, and I haven’t finished yet. Can we meet next week?
ask s/o to V
I have recently received a call from our complaints department saying that you are not happy with our service. At this time we are continuing to do our best to provide a high quality service. We are currently working out how to deliver the products on time without putting our delivery men in danger of infection from SARS. Please be patient.
Have you heard that Mark is leaving the company? I understand from Mary that he has been fired, but I don’t believe her! Have you ever heard of anyone getting fired from this company? Do you know anything more about this? What’s going on? I suggest having dinner tonight so that we can gossip more about it!
hear that v.p.
understand that v.p.
During this current crisis, we need to take care with personal hygiene. The government has provided guidelines for entering and leaving the building, and it is important that we all understand and follow them. Can I also request that all visitors to the office wear a mask, and that you all use soap to wash your hands. I also need someone to offer to help screen visitors on the way in to the building. Can I also say that I appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep SARS out of our office!
request that v.p.
use n.p. to V
offer to help
say that v.p.
Regarding your question about sick leave, we need to work a new procedure out. Due to the situation, many staff have not had leave since last year. I suggest that we extend the sick leave time to three weeks. Staff are requesting more time in quarantine, to be absolutely safe.
suggest that v.p.
Automatic reply service:
Thanks for your email. I am currently attending a conference in Beijing, and may not be back in the office for some time. You can keep trying, or you can call me on my cell phone. Thanks.
Just a short note to confirm that you should continue sending your monthly reports to our office.
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