Sina Afzal
is this sentence correct Is it correct and formal to say: "I'm writing to inquire if it's possible that you waive the registration fees for us" in an email to a conference secretariat? thanks.
Nov 5, 2018 3:02 PM
Answers · 8
Not quite. There is a grammar problem in the middle of the sentence. You can't say 'if it's possible that you waive'. One way of correcting it would be this: "I'm writing to inquire whether it's possible for you to waive the registration fees for us" Now it's correct, but still informal. Two ways of making a request sound more formal and more polite are to remove the contractions and to make the sentence a conditional, for example: "I am writing to inquire whether it would be possible for you waive our registration fees"
November 5, 2018
Sounds good! Instead of "if it's possible that you waive" I would write "if it would be possible for you to waive," but it's a subtle difference.
November 5, 2018
It's not bad, but would be better a little simpler: "I'm writing to ask if it's possible for you to waive our registration fee" :) 'inquire' is a little harder to use; 'inquire as to whether you could.."
November 5, 2018
I believe there is nothing wrong with thay, and it's polite and formal. :)
November 5, 2018
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Sina Afzal
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