Us­ing a the­saurus

Spotlight - - LANGUAGE TEST -

An­swer A is bet­ter.

When we write e-mails, we have time to think about our word choices. This can be a good op­por­tu­nity to check words — or it can be a dan­ger. It’s tempt­ing to use an on­line the­saurus to “im­prove” your vo­cab­u­lary. How­ever, it’s dan­ger­ous to use words you’re not fa­mil­iar with. They may not have ex­actly the right mean­ing, or they may be too for­mal or too old-fash­ioned. You can even sound pompous or sar­cas­tic.

Our tip: Ready-made let­ter-writ­ing phrases such as “I’d be grate­ful if you could” are per­fect — so use them!

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