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Set-phrases for emails: Building good relationship
2015/12/22
Let’s continue practicing using the set phrases from the last two weeks (PLEASE refer to the feedback on 2015-12-04), the set phrases for dealing with intellectual property rights issues, and the set-phrases for building good relationships. These set-phrases all focus on the verb ‘have’.
 
Task 1: Complete these emails with an appropriate ‘have’ set-phrase.
 Dear Lucas,
 I hear from Macey that you are having difficulties collecting payment from ABC Inc. She has given me a full briefing on the situation. It seems __(1)__ begin legal actions to recover the monies. Do please go ahead.
 
 Dear Juli,
 My wife and I have recently become members of the Palm Lakes Golf Resort in Chiayi. __(2)__ your company there, at our invitation of course, next month.
 
 Dear George,
 Regarding your late payment of invoice number 123xyz, this invoice is now three months late, despite my repeated requests for payment. I’m afraid __(3)__ refer this case to our legal department for legal action against you.
 
 Dear Marco,
 I know that the current business climate in China is very difficult, and __(4)__all your efforts to keep the venture going under difficult circumstances.
 
 Dear Mary,
 As you may know we have lost a lot of business recently, and there is little prospect of any new business coming in for the foreseeable future. For this reason, I’m afraid __(5)__ lay off 20% of the workforce. Good luck with finding another job.
 
 Dear Apple,
 We heard recently of the sad death of your partner, Miss Tree. __(6)__.
 
 Dear John,
 Apologies for the delay in replying to your query. I have checked with my lawyer, and apparently __(7)__ sue your former employer for gross misconduct. Please contact me if you would like to go ahead.
 
 Dear Mr. Chen,
 I am delighted to hear from Mark that the joint venture project between our two companies has been completed successfully. __(8)__ working with you on other projects in the future.
  
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*2015/12/25更新
 
Compare your answers with my suggestions below.
1
 
  We have no alternative but to
 
 We have no choice but to
 
 We have no option but to
 
5
 
 We have no alternative but to
 
 We have no choice but to
 
 We have no option but to
 
 2
 
 I hope we may have the pleasure of
 
 I hope we shall have the pleasure of
 
 We hope to have the pleasure of
 
 6
 You have our deepest sympathy.
 3
 
 We have no alternative but to
 
 We have no choice but to
 
 We have no option but to
 
 7
 You have the right to
 4
 You have my sincere appreciation for
 
 You have my very best wishes for
 
 You have our full support for
 
 8
 
 I hope we may have the pleasure of
 
 I hope we shall have the pleasure of
 
 I hope to have the pleasure of
 
 I hope we shall have the privilege of
 
 I hope to have the privilege of
 
*Notice which ones have more than one possible answer. Can you see why some of the gaps have only one possible answer? Look at things like punctuation, and the end of the set-phrase as well as the meaning to make sure you can see why.
 
 
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