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You can start with the following forms: We're sorry for the delay in sending our reply to you. We're sorry for the delay in replying to you. Form 1 uses reply as a noun. You can remove sending and to you as they are both implied in the communication, but reply still requires a determiner. This leaves We're sorry for the delay in our reply. Form 2 uses ...


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Attitude should always be professional. Looks need not be.


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The only grammatical correction I would make would be to delete to, but the sentence does need punctuation after professional. Semicolon or em dash is probably your best bet there. As for look vs. looks, I would positively prefer the former, singular form, even though the plural form might be more familiar: one’s looks refers more to the gifts of ...


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"delay in reply" in not correct. You would say "Sorry for the delay in replying" or "Sorry for the delay in our reply". The first is more common.


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I think the closest sense of but I can find in the OED is 5b: Whilst 5a applies to: a. Negative and interrogative sentences containing a comparative (esp. more) were formerly followed by but; they now usually take than, or else the comparative is omitted and but retained; modern idiom preferring sometimes one, sometimes the other. 1713 ...



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