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Old 07-23-2010, 10:59 AM   #151
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Ah, I see. I must start reading posts properly. Another attack of PEBCAKitus.
 
Old 07-24-2010, 12:53 PM   #152
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Hi

Is it forums or fora...?

AFAIK forum is latin so latin plural should be fora, but in English language does "forums" is a meanigless concept...?
As you might expect, the rules for choosing between Lain and English plurals are flexible, but

1. Words ending in -is or -es only have the Latin plural in -es: basis, bases.

2. Words used mainly in scholarly circles keep the Latin: lacuna, lacunae; stratum, strata; bacillus, bacilli.

3. Words with two senses may keep the Latin for the more technical one: "internet forums" but "Roman fora". Similarly, "indexes" and "appendixes" in books, but "indices" in mathematical formulae and "appendices" in biology.

4. Other words are anglicised: viruses (never viri), octopuses (never octopodes).
 
Old 07-24-2010, 06:23 PM   #153
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Hi DavidMcCann

Thx
 
Old 07-29-2010, 05:45 PM   #154
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:coffee: dropping in to earwig.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:18 AM   #155
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Question Question

Context: Official mail

Should it be:
Quote:
To whom it may concern,

Here by I have attached the xyz files...
or
Quote:
To whom it may concern,

Here by I am attaching the xyz files...
P.S.
What is the difference between/which one is more polite?
Quote:
To whom it may concern
or
Quote:
To whomsoever it may concern

Last edited by TheIndependentAquarius; 08-10-2010 at 06:41 AM. Reason: typo
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:30 AM   #156
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It's usually To whom it may concern .
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:31 AM   #157
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To whomsoever it may concern
is considered rude ?
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:36 AM   #158
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I think you mean 'hereby' not 'here by'.

In 99% of the official letters/email I've read the phrase is: Please find attached the xyz files....



To whom it may concern / To whomsoever it may concern

Again, not being a native speaker of English I don't think I'm competent enough to judge which one sounds more polite.
What I can say, however, is that I deal with official letters quite often and have never come across 'To whomsoever it may concern'
It may be a regional thing, though.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:41 AM   #159
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Thanks for replying.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:43 AM   #160
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is considered rude ?
No, but the soever bit is unnecessary. Whomsoever would disagree with me, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:45 AM   #161
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and what about my first question ? Are you not an English speaker or not willing enough to help ?
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:47 AM   #162
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Whomsoever would disagree with me, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace.
I hereby declare that you are wrong
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:53 AM   #163
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and what about my first question ? Are you not an English speaker or not willing enough to help ?
To whom are those questions addressed? I am an English (well, the Oldham variety thereof) speaker, and am always willing to help young ladies in whatever way I can.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 06:57 AM   #164
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To whom are those questions addressed? I am an English (well, the Oldham variety thereof) speaker, and am always willing to help young ladies in whatever way I can.
The questions were directed to brainL, but I forgot that you have locked him in the cellar, I hope he chews out his chains once again to help me with the first question.
 
Old 08-10-2010, 07:04 AM   #165
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brainL (and I agree with him) says sycamorex was right in suggesting please find attached xyz files.
 
  


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