Happy New Year1 to colleagues and clients2 of Specialist Language!
I hope3 your New Year’s Eve celebrations4 were a lot of5 fun.
Roll on6 20217, even if we continue8 to work from home9!
I am looking forward10 to hearing11 from you soon.
Key to superscript reference numbers:
- HNY can be used as an abbreviation for “Happy New Year”
- Firms generally have a closer relationship with “clients” than with “customers”
- Not “I am hoping”
- Scottish Language variant: Hogmanay
- “a lot of” is usually more natural than either “much” or “many” and doesn’t change according to whether the noun is countable or not
- This is the imperative form of a non-separable phrasal verb
- You can say this “twenty twenty-one” or “two thousand and twenty-one”
- When “continue” is followed by a verb, the verb takes the infinitive
- Not “Home Office” – this is a department of the government
- “Looking forward” is followed by a present participle (the -ing form).
- Not “reading from you”
- This is preferable to KR or BR
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