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Is it inadequate to use "a couple of things" in a formal letter? If so, what word or phrase would work better?

Example:

I`m writing to inquire about a couple of things regarding my new job placement.

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    We'll need a bit more context to answer this. – marcellothearcane Jul 31 '19 at 16:08
  • e.g. "I`m writing to inquire about a couple of things regarding my new job placement." or "I would like to inquire about a couple of things in regards to my new job placement" . – Mira Jul 31 '19 at 16:14
  • Have you checked a thesaurus? You need to share with us where you got stuck. // Details is what I'd use. You could also use particulars but that might sound too stuffy in the US. – aparente001 Jul 31 '19 at 19:04
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'a couple of things' may not be appropriate in formal letters, especially because of the word 'things' which is used for everything without a specific meaning. I would recommend using 'a few/several/a couple of aspects/ issues', and if possible use a specific word that describes and substitutes 'things'.

Eg: We discussed a few demands, which are relevant for us.

Compare with: We discussed a couple of things which are relevant for us.

Register varies.

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  • I thought so, thank you for the clarification. – Mira Jul 31 '19 at 16:22

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