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"I'm afraid [that]" is an apologetic way of introducing a problem that does not have a convenient solution. For example: "Thank you for coming. I'm afraid my English is not very good, so I will give this talk in {Language}."


You're probably better off asking this over on The Workplace. This kind of "business-speak" is not something every English speaker will know; plus it's constantly evolving. However, to answer the question: a common term when talking about what is and is not within the specifications of a project is "scope": I believe these additional sections would be ...


This question definitely has a lot of facets, many of which should be asked on other SE boards. Skipping everything interpersonal and contractual, you still have different options depending on the details. If you think this should be a separate project because it covers too many topics or talks about too many things, or is simply too large for its ...


Tell me the meeting date. This is not at all polite. There is no pretense of it being polite; it's an instruction. Please tell me the meeting date. Tell me the meeting date, please. Slightly more polite, but still not generally polite. It's still obviously a directive, an instruction, and since your boss objected to it, they probably found it ...


I'm not a native too, but “Please, tell me” is an imperative. That's what a teacher might say to a pupil: Please, tell me the answer to the question 4. Please doesn't help its being a command\an order.


No, don't say "sirs and madams" under any circumstances. "Madams" are women who run brothels. I would recommend any of these. "Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen." "Good afternoon, everyone." "Good afternoon." Which is best depends on which country you're in.


Yes, but "Ladies and Gentlemen" is more conventional nowadays.


At an interview, you should not be too effusive with your greeting, or too verbose (unless invited by a leading question intended to draw you out). The interview panel makes the moves, so I suggest you be polite and uncontroversial. Good morning / afternoon is sufficient, with a brief look around the interviewers to make it clear you are greeting them ...


In the UK I have very frequently and over many years been in meetings that begin with somebody addressing the group relatively formally. If they happened all to be men, no problem: "Gentlemen" does the trick. If all were women:"Ladies" is perfect . Likewise if there were several men and women "Ladies and Gentlemen" would be quite correct. But what do you ...


When politely greeting one person, we can say "good morning/afternoon/evening", and possibly add "sir" for a man, or "madam" for a woman, although these are now very old-fashioned in Western countries, except for e.g. royalty, judges in court, etc. "Sir" and "madam" do not have plurals. To greet a group, mixed in gender, we can say "Good morning/afternoon/...


You can probably just say "Excuse me. Can you let me through?" or "Excuse me. Can you let me pass?".


Could I suggest an alternative sentence: Would you please confirm if you have received and validated my Students ID that I sent last week. I am unable to work until I receive your confirmation. Thanks for your help.


Why do you take so long to verify my ID? (1) Why do you taking so long to verify my ID? (2) Why does it take so long to verify my ID? (3) (2) is grammatically incorrect, (1) is technically correct, but doesn't make much sense, and (3) is also correct, but would be used, for example, to ask about the process rather than the specific case where the ...

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