An email request for help

An email request for help

Read an email asking for help from another department to practise and improve your reading skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises.


Reading text

Task 1

Task 2


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Average: 4 (103 votes)

Hello Thinn Thiri Myo,

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Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Mon, 21/12/2020 - 12:00

I think it will be more convenient using the polite and pleasant usage for the email receiver.So, This one will help your need.

Submitted by DIỄM PHÚC on Mon, 07/12/2020 - 01:27

I think this letter should be the reason the meeting and clearly the contents in letter The tittle "An email request for help" don't suitable with content. If I am the receiver, I feel so hopeless for this email

Submitted by Ehsan on Sun, 29/11/2020 - 08:45

First of all, we should introduce ourselves, our product and our problem generally. Then we should tell the details about our problem and the help he/ she can give us. It is necessary for our email to have polite writing and requesting.

Submitted by David_Tham on Fri, 27/11/2020 - 14:09

I think should include that what is the reason for them help.

Submitted by Dmytro on Thu, 19/11/2020 - 15:27

Asking for help I would send some details in an attachment in order to get a colleague a bit more prepared for the meeting. He could think over some ideas before the meeting and shorten his own and overall time discussing.
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Submitted by javibuendi on Thu, 29/10/2020 - 08:52

Dear British Council maintenance team. I think there is a mistake in the task number 2 related with the order of the sentences. I think "Sarah asks Patricia for permission to use James" should go before "Sarah writes an email to James asking for help". I think it makes more sense this way, because you cannot send an email to an employee asking for help if you don´t have his superior permission. Thanks for all your great work, Javi.

Hello javibuendi,

The order is correct: the email is first and the request for permission is later.

The reason for this is that Sarah wants first to know if James is available. If he is, then she says she will clear it with his boss if necessary. James may say there is no need to talk to Patricia, for example.



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Okay Peter, now I understand it better. Thanks for the explanation!

Submitted by Fardhan on Mon, 26/10/2020 - 04:45

I think before we launch a new product, we should first test the packaging and its feasibility, so that other people see it like and are interested in our new product, before launching a new product there is a problem we can ask other people for help, one of them is via email by explaining the problem that occurred on these products, and don't forget to ask the readiness of the people we ask for their help.