Barron's ESL Guide to American Business English
Focused especially to fit the needs of ESL students, this handbook for communicating in business situations describes a wide variety of business writings, and recommends appropriate styles and formats for each. Samples and instruction cover sales and public relations letters, reports and proposals, resumes, job applications, and much more. A section on usage reviews basics of English grammar, emphasizing sentence construction and verb forms. Students of English as a second language who plan to do business in North America can become confused by jargon and formalisms that sometimes invade business correspondence. Author Andrea Geffner's advice to them is to relax and stop worrying about sounding "business-like" or "official." Correct but relaxed English is always preferable. This book will meet the needs of all ESL students--especially those in business schools--but can also serve as a general quick reference guide in any business office.
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AMERlCAN BUSlNESS STYLE
Table of Model Letters
SOClAL BUSlNESS LETTERS
SALES AND PUBLlC RELATlONS LETTERS
THE BASlC SENTENCE
ADVANCED SENTENCE STRUCTURE
CULTURE AND CUSTOMS
abbreviations adjective adverb advertising American Answers may vary assistant Avenue bill boss business letters businessperson called career comma considered cost dangling modifiers Dear Sir Department employees enclosed example Exercise EXERClSE express Fein asks Figure flextime formal goodwill helping verb Honorable Income per share indefinite pronouns interview Kevin Sawyer Massachusetts Avenue Boston meeting memo merchandise modifying noun offer PARTlClPLE Past Participle past tense payment person place name plural prepared prepositional present participle president pronouns public relations letter punctuation purchase question quotation reader reference release request requires resume Reverend Reverend Mother S-ending sales letters secretary sentence Sincerely singing singular social business letter space provided statement Street subject-verb talking telephone tence Terre Haute tion Tom Payne verb form words written York