FOCUS 4. Rewrite the following extracts from business letters as e-mails using the words and expressions in the box
Sorry about... Bad news:Ö Could you do me a favour and...?
Got your message on... Sorry, but I canít make...
Best wishes Good news: from... Shall I...?
If you have any questions, let me know. Following... About...
Are we still OK for...? Iím sending you ... as an attachment.
Thanks. Speak to you soon. Please... See you...
Dear Mr. Brown,
Thank you for your letter of June 17th. Unfortunately, I shall be unable to attend the meeting on the 25th. I would appreciate it if you could send me a copy of the minutes.
Iím delighted to tell you that as of Sept 8 we are offering substantial discounts on all orders over $1,000. If you wish, I would be happy to send you further details and a copy of our new catalogue.
I regret to inform you that the board turned down your proposal. I would like to apologise for not getting back to you sooner on this, but Iíve been in London all week.
I am writing to confirm our appointment on October 8th. My flight gets in about 11 am. With regard to my presentation on the 9th, could you make the necessary arrangements? I enclose a list of the equipment Iíll need.
I look forward to meeting you next week.
Further to our telephone conversation this morning, Iíd be grateful if you could send me a full description of the problem and Iíll pass it on to our technical department.
Thank you for taking the time to do this. If I can be of any further assistance, please do contact me again.
I look forward to hearing from you.
FOCUS 5. Make the message below simpler and clearer by deleting as many unnecessary words as possible without changing the meaning
Brian Huxbury email@example.com
Monday, July 7, 20__ 10.50
Otto Nugen firstname.lastname@example.org
Fact finding trip to B&C (France)
Dear Mr. Nugen,
On behalf of myself and my colleague, Karen Sharpe, may I take this opportunity to thank you and your team once again for your kind hospitality during our brief stay in Paris. Karen and I both felt that the two-hour meeting we had with you at your headquarters last week was, without doubt, a great success, and we very much look forward to discussing our ideas with you in much more detail than we were able to in that extremely short but highly productive meeting.
I am sure you will be pleased to know that I passed on your valuable comments to our Managing Director, Diane Lee, and she assures me that she will certainly be in contact with you over the next couple of weeks or so. In the meantime, let me just say that it was a very great pleasure meeting you, your managers and enthusiastic staff and exploring the possibilities of some kind of a joint venture between us in the not too distant future.
With my very best wishes,
Brian Huxbury, Senior Product Manager, Thermoflex (UK)