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In my personal experience, there are 2 kinds of people who tend to ask such obvious questions. Those who are lazy and want you to do all their work. Those who are completely clueless and don't know how to even start working on a solution. Not everyone always fits into those categories. Someone could have had a bad day, some stressful situation at home or ...


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I exchange a LOT of emails (and skypes etc) with people I don't know well, to set up times for things, and sometimes mention personal reasons for rejecting a particular time. I am never offended if the person pays no attention to the reason and just sticks to the business we're doing. However, if you want to mention her voluntary work, keep these points in ...


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First things first: you are definitly not rude in trying to join a conversation if you are a) with friends and b) sitting on the same table! However, I know how you feel. This is not a foolproof way of doing it, but it is how I usually go about joining a conversation, with people I don't know that well: I try and listen to the conversation, until one of the ...


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How about "Hi (name), I hadn't heard from you regarding the student ID photocopy which I sent to you, and I wanted to make sure that you had received it. Have you?" This gives them the opportunity to explain the delay, but does not sound accusing or complaining. It might just be that they are slow in responding, or it might be that there is a problem. ...


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