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This post is from Terry.

Posted July 16, 2006 12:52 AM
I have seen native English people writing letters as follows:

1 "I enclose a brochure for you to consider."
2 "I am enclosing a brochure for you to consider."
3 "I have enclosed a brochure for you to consider."

I think that it is only a matter of preference on what the writer sees when the recipient received the letter.

For 1: "enclose" - the writer wants to say that the fact of "the brochure is enclosed" is static.
For 2: "am enclosing" - the writer wants to emphasize the act at the time of writing.
For 3: "have enclosed" - the writer emphasizes that the act has been performed when the receipent read the letter.

My preference is 1, particularly in business correspondence, because it is simple and plain to just say what has been done. It is not necessary to the tense aspects to the readers.

Is this correct?

Which is your preference?

This message has been edited. Last edited by: Terry, July 16, 2006 01:07 AM

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Given the nature of the message, these answers will apply to the writing of business letters.

The choice of verb aspect doesn't depend on how the writer views the action. It's a matter of stylistic level.

1 "I enclose a brochure for you to consider."

For business correspondence, this is the preferred form.

2 "I am enclosing a brochure for you to consider."

For informal business correspondence, perhaps with a person you know well, this is OK.

3 "I have enclosed a brochure for you to consider."

This is also OK, although it's a bit formal.

Marilyn

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