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Formal letter of Apology

Dear {Recipient}

Please accept this letter as my formal apology for what happened on {location, event, issue, etc…} on {MM/DD/YYYY}.

It was not my intention to cause any damage or inconvenience. In retrospect, I believe the situation resulted from {cause}. While this is by no means an excuse for {my behavior, what happened, etc…}, knowing the cause will help me guard against future mistakes.

Again, I am sorry for what happened. If you would like to continue this conversation, please feel free to call me at {phone}. I look forward to hearing from you and putting this matter behind us.


Sample Apology Letter

Dear {Receiver}

I’m so very sorry for what happened the other day. You know me: I would never intentionally do something like that if I knew that it would end up being a {hurtful, embarrassing, awkward, etc…} situation.

I can’t say what made me do something so silly. Perhaps I just have a very flawed sense of humor or my terrible read of situations. Whatever the cause for my bad behavior, it was inexcusable.

Hopefully, this will be one of things we look back to and laugh. Until then, I’m willing to do everything I can to make it up to you! Please get back to me whenever you have a moment and we can talk about it.


Apology Letter For Hurt Feelings

Dear {Recipient},

Let me begin with, “I’m sorry.”

I’m sorry for {state action}. I can see that my behavior and attitude was hurtful and totally unnecessary. You did not deserve to be on the receiving end of my actions.

I am normally not like this. While I am not excusing myself from my {unprofessional/immature} actions, I believe I acted the way I did because of my {fatigue, bad day, etc…}.

I hope we can continue to {work together, maintain our friendship, etc…}. If you have any thoughts on this matter, please feel free to contact me at {phone/email}.


Apology Letter for Mistake

Dear {Recipient}

I owe {you, institution, the team, company, etc…} a sincere apology for {state situation}.

It was never my intention to create such an awkward and uncomfortable situation. I hope that I can be of assistance in correcting my mistake and resolving the matter. 

While I have caused this unpleasant experience, I am able to see where I went wrong. {State the cause of the mistake if possible}. I believe acquiring this insight will allow me to learn and grow and prevent similar issues in the future.

Please feel free to let me of your thoughts and concerns over this matter. You can reach me at {email, phone number}. 


Apologize Letter for Not Attending

Hi {Receiver},

I’m really sorry for missing out on {event}!

I actually wanted to go, but I {reason for not going}. It probably isn’t a very good excuse, considering how important this event was to you. But don’t worry; I don’t plan on missing the next one. Even though I wasn’t there this time, you can always count on me to have your back in the future.

And judging from what people have said, it sounds like I totally missed out. I would really love to go to the next one if you’ll have me.


Apology Letter for Behavior

Dear {Recipient}

Please allow me to apologize for what I {said, did, etc…} on {day of week}. My behavior was extremely inappropriate, immature, and lacked the respect {you, organization} deserved. It was a disruption and distracted others from {doing their job, learning, etc…}.

It was embarrassing, but I learned that nobody appreciated my poor behavior. In the future, I have every intention of curbing my thoughtless actions and learn to adjust my behavior befitting the environment and situation. 

Again, I am sorry for my actions and I hope that we can put this matter behind us. I look forward to {working, learning from, etc…} you {again/soon}. If you have any thoughts in this, please feel free to share. You may contact me at your convenience at {email/phone}.

{Sender Name}

Letter of Apology for Delay

Hi {Receiver},

I know that it was very important that {I am on time/send you the prerequisite materials}, and I’m very sorry for {not being on time/missing the deadline}.

I ran into trouble when {reason for delay}. I mismanaged my time and wrongly prioritized other matters over {this one/project}.

In the future, I will exercise better organization to ensure that I am more punctual. I’ll also make sure to keep you up to date on my status in case I encounter any unforeseen difficulties.

If you can offer additional insight or suggestions as to how to improve my punctuality {on projects}, I am willing to listen and learn. You can reach me at {phone/email}.


Letter of Apology to a Teacher

Dear {Mr./Ms. Last Name}

I deeply regret my actions on {day of week} and would like to offer my sincere apologies for the incident.

What I did was inexcusable, childish, distracting and disrespectful. You, as well my fellow students and {school} deserve better from me.

In the future, I will practice more restraint and professionalism so as not to repeat the lapse of judgment I displayed.

I value your commitment to instructing and guiding me to success. If you would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

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A euphemism is a word you use to make something sound less offensive or bad. Simply put, you use a better word for a worse one.

1- Euphemisms for DEATH:

Bite the dust 
To die. "He bit the dust."

the departed, dearly departed (no longer living)

pass away 
A polite and gentle way to say someone is dead. "I'm sorry, your dad passed away last night."

Push up daisies 
To be dead. "He's pushing up daisies."

Put down 
Used to when one has to kill a pet or other animal. "Sorry but your dog had to be put down because it tired to bite the policeman."

Sleep with the fish 
To be dead. "Don't mess with Johnny or you'll be sleeping with the fish."

2- Euphemisms for BUSINESS:

Account Manager 
This is a fancy way of calling someone a salesperson.

Administrative Assistant 
Secretary. No one wants to be a secretary nowadays but no one minds being an Administrative Assistant. I has an important sound to it.

Between jobs 
This means unemployed. "I'd like to go out but I'm between jobs right now." When someone says this we understand they don't have enough money.

When someone say's they've been downsized this means they have been fired. "I got downsized today."

hard landing 
A hard landing is a crash. It could refer to an actual plane crash or in more general term to something like the economy crashing.

Laid off 
This is a nice way to say "you're fired." To be laid off means you lose your job.

Pink Slip 
To be pink slipped means you've been fired. "I got pink slipped today." This term comes from the paperwork a person was asked to sign when being fired. The forms came in duplicate or triplicate. The first page was white and for the employee file, the second page was pink and for the employee.

Walking Papers 
To get your walking papers means you've been fired. "I got my walking papers today."

3- Euphemisms for WAR:

collateral damage 
This refers to civilian casualties in a war. We use smart bombs to minimize collateral damage.

ethnic cleansing 

3- Euphemisms for POLITICS:

economically disadvantaged 
unemployed or poor

to lie, to deviate from the truth

undocumented immigrant 
illegal alien - Someone who enters or stays in a country illegally, they do not have legal documents such as a VISA.

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We use a special kind of verb to join an adjective or noun complement to a subject. These verbs can be called 'copulas' or 'copular verbs'. Common copular verbs are: be, seem, appear, look, sound, smell, taste, feel, become, get.

That car looks fast.
I do feel a fool.
It's getting late.
The stew smells good.

Note that after these verbs we use adjectives not adverbs. Compare:

He spoke intelligently.
He looks intelligent.

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An Accent is a way of speaking that reveals one's place of origin. An accent is only a matter of speech sounds. People talk about “mild” accents and “thick” accents. A mild accent is pleasant to listen to. English spoken with a “thick” accent can be difficult to understand. 

Dialects have different vocabulary, pronunciation, intonation and grammar

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You want to talk about the area something or someone is popular for. You might know that -wide is used as the suffix. Here's a complete list of words with -wide:
  • street-wide
  • neighborhood-wide
  • locality-wide
  • city-wide
  • district-wide
  • state-wide
  • country-wide
  • nationwide
  • world-wide

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"The boy often plays hooky."

To play hooky ,in American English, means "to be absent from school without permission". The synonyms for this expression can be "to cut (e.g. the class)" or "to skip (e.g. school)". 
In British English,however, they use the verbs "to skive" or "to bunk off" to convey the same meaning.
It should be noted that "to skive" can also mean "to avoid work or a duty". Americans usually use "to goof off" or "to shirk" while talking about avoiding a duty or responsibility.

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Back channelling refers to the feedback you give while someone is speaking. For example, " Oh, really?", " Oh, yeah?" "Uh, I see", etc. Back channelling can be done through gestures too. You may nod or smile to convey that you are listening and understanding what the other person is just saying. Native speakers of a language use plenty of such feedbacks when they are involved in interactions. 
You can back channel through auxiliaries as well. 
For instance:
-I used to have a puppy when I was a kid.
-Oh, did you?

- I almost always get up at 6 a.m.
-Oh, you really do that?

You have to bear in mind that these questions are not real ones and are just used to show the person you are talking to is following you.

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There is something like a rhyme, which is used by children in some games to choose one from others. For example, in hide-and-seek, in order to determine who has got to look for others, there is something like a short poem, rhyme, etc. to be sung by one of the children or sometimes, simply, a child counts 10, 20,...100! And the one who gets the 100, will be the hunter!

"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe", which can be spelled a number of ways, is a children's counting rhyme, used to select a person to be "it" for games and similar purposes such as counting out a child that has to be stood down from a group of children as part of a playground game.

Here is the modern version of this rhyme:

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch the tiger by the toe.
If it hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, you are it!

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A lot of people get confused about how to use these words. Maybe this will help.

to marry (someone)- this is the general verb. It is the time when people come together as husband and wife. Do not say I married with someone. It is not correct. And do not say I married to someone. It is also incorrect.
Correct example: I married Sam 3 years ago.

to get married- this talks about the time two people got married. It makes us think of the wedding.

Correct example: I got married.

to get married to (someone)- We think of who was married in the wedding. Do not say I got married with someone. It is incorrect.

Correct example: I got married to Sam.

to get married in (someplace)- We think of where the wedding took place.

Correct Example: I got married in Hawaii.

to be married- This means a state of being. Are you married or are you single?

Correct Example: I am married.

to be married (to someone)- Also state of being. But who is married to you?

Correct Example: I am married to Sam.

NOTE: It's not acceptable to use GOT MARRIED WITH.

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Use 'set' to express the placement of an object on a surface.

I set the plates down on the table.
She set the books on chest of drawers.

Important Note: 'Set' is often used to refer to placing plates, glasses and other utensils on the table.

Verb Forms: Set - Set - Set - Setting

Use 'sit' when referring to the subject which moves from a standing to a sitting position.

Can I sit down?
Please sit on this chair.

Important Note:'Sit' is often used with the preposition 'down'.

Verb Forms: Sit - Sat - Sat - Sitting

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There are a number of standard business questions used when making general inquires into the nature of a company. The following dialogue covers a number of standard business questions. The reference section then provides variations and related business questions for a number of the standard business questions used in the dialogue.

Business Reporter: Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. 
Manager: It's my pleasure

Business Reporter: Who do you work for? 
Manager: I work for Springco.

Business Reporter: What does Springco do? 
Manager: Springoco distributes health products throughout the United States.

Business Reporter: Where is the company based? 
Manager: Springco is located in Vermont.

Business Reporter: How many people do you employ? 
Manager: Currently, we have 450 people on staff.

Business Reporter: What's your annual revenue? 
Manager: Our gross revenue is about $5.5. million this year.

Business Reporter: What type of distribution services do you provide? 
Manager: We distribute to both wholesale and retail outlets.

Business Reporter: What sort of internet presence do you have? 
Manager: We have a storefront, as well as an online forum.

Business Reporter: Is your company public? 
Manager: No, we are a privately held company.

Business Reporter: What type of logistical structure do you have? 
Manager: We ship from four regional warehouses.

Business Reporter: Where are your products manufactured? 
Manager: Most of our products are manufactured abroad, but a number are also produced here in the United States.

Standard Business Questions

Who do you work for?


Which company do you work for?
Where do you work?

Related Questions:

What kind of job do you have?
What do you do?
What are your responsibilities?

What does X do?


What kind of business does X do?
Which business is X in?

Related Questions:

What type of products does X sell / manufacture / produce?
What type of services does X provide / offer?

Where is the company based?


Where is your company located?
Where are your headquarters?

Related Questions:

Where do you have branches?
Do you have any offices abroad?

How many people do you employ?


How many people does X employ?
How many people does X have on staff?
How many employees are there at X?

Related Questions:

How many divisions are there?
How many people are on staff in that branch?
How many people do you employ in (City)?

What's your annual revenue?


What's your turnover?
What type of revenue do you do?

Related Questions:

What's your net profit?
What are (were) your quarterly earnings?
What type of a margin do you have?

Is your company public?


Are you a publicly traded company?
Are you on the stock market?
Is your company privately held?

Related Questions:

What's your company's stock symbol?
Which market are you traded on?

Where are your products manufactured?


Where are your goods produced?
Where do you manufacture / produce your merchandise?

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No word in the English language rhymes with month. 

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt". 

The word "set" has more definitions than any other word in the English language. 

"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und." 

The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched." 

There are only four words in the English language which end in"-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. 

The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. 

The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural. 

There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, "therein": the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, here, ere, therein, herein. 

No words in the English language rhyme with orange, silver or purple. 

'Stewardesses' is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand. 

To "testify" was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles. 

The combination "ough" can be pronounced in nine different ways. The following sentence contains them all: "A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed." 

The verb "cleave" is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate. 

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable."

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Hyperbole is a figure of speech which is an exaggeration. People often speak hyperbolically by using expressions such as "I nearly died laughing", "I was hopping mad", "I tried a thousand times", "I'm starving", "I'll kill you", etc. Such statements are not literally true, but people make them to sound impressive or to emphasize something, such as a feeling, effort, or reaction.
:Here are some more examples
1.the bag weighted a ton
2.They ran like greased lightning
3.He's got tons of money
4.Her brain is the size of a pea
5.He is older than the hills
6.I'm so hungry I could eat a goose with its beak!
7.I have told you a million times not to lie!
8.You snore louder than a freight train
9.I have seen this river so wide it had only one bank
10.She is older than the hills
11.That joke is so old, the last time I heard it I was riding on a dinosaur
12.If he talks to me in front of everyone, I will die of embarrassment
13.Our new school is large enough to have its own zip code
14.My backpack weighs a ton!
15.I'm so busy trying to accomplish ten million things at once
16.She is a hundred feet tall
17.I will die if she asks me to sing in front of everyone
18.He is as big as a grown elephant!
19.His smile was a mile wide
20.Her eyes were as wide as saucers
21.It's raining cats and dogs
22.He was as big as an elephant!
23.It is going to take a zillion years to get through Medical School
24.He's older than the Harrapan civilization
25.There are millions of other things to do
26.Running faster than the speed of light
27.It took light years for this to work
28.I waited in line for centuries
29.I had to walk fifteen miles up-hill both ways, in snow five feet deep
30.If I don't get these jeans, I will die!
31.I have a million things to do today
32The whole world was staring at me
33.The package took forever to arrive in the mail
34.I had a ton of homework
35.It took him two seconds to drive here
36.Her smile was a mile wide
37.I've told you a million times don't exaggerate
38.His teeth were blinding white
39.My car is a million years old
40.I don't have two cents to rub together
41.I told you a thousand times!
42.Maybe I'll do it in a million years
43.I was so embarrassed, I thought I might die
44.I am so tired I could sleep for a year
45.The blue bells of the sky were broken by the wind
46.The mountain of paperwork weighed heavily on the teacher’s desk
47.The ancient castle was so big that it took a week to walk from one end to the other
48.The leaves danced in the summer breeze
49.After Mindy ate her mother's garlic bread, she could singe any one's eyebrows off with her breath
50.Sarah’s hair was a velvet black curtain against her back
51.The engagement ring he gave her was so small that a magnifying glass was needed to see it
52.He was so skinny that when he turned sideways it looked like a tin sheet
53.The oak tree’s limbs stretched in the sunlight
54.My mother’s lecture on good manners lasted two weeks one afternoon"

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Post office abbreviations for street addresses are: Alley (Aly), Arcade (Arc), Avenue (Ave), Boulevard (Blvd), Branch (Br), Bypass (Byp), Causeway (Cswy), Center (Ctr), Circle (Cir), Court (Ct), Crescent (Cres), Drive (Dr), Expressway (Expy), Extension (Ext), Freeway (Fwy), Gardens (Gdns), Grove (Grv), Heights (Hts), Highway (Hwy), Lane (Ln), Manor (Mnr), Place (Pl), Plaza (Plz), Point (Pt), Road (Rd), Route (Rte), Rural ®, Square (Sq), Street (St), Terrace (Ter), Trail (Trl), Turnpike (Tpke), Viaduct (Via), Vista (Vis). Compass points are abbreviated when they come after street names but are written out when used internally in an address.

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Can "want to" be changed to "wanna" in both of the following sentences? Why or why not?

Who do you want to invite to the party?

Who do you want to take you to school today?

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