Unit 11 道歉信
1. 因未能践约赴宴致歉 Unable to keep one’s promise
Dear [Miss Nancy],
Much to my regret I was unable to keep my promise to attend your [birthday] party [last Saturday], owing to the fact that my [little son] was suddenly taken ill early [that day].
Hoping to see you soon.
2. 因迟复来信致歉 Because of answering one’s letter late
I am afraid that you will think me unpardonably negligent in not having answered your letter dated [7, December] sooner, but when I have told you the reason, I trust you will be convinced that the neglect was excusable. When yourletter arrived, I was just in [Hong Kong]. As my family could not forward it to me during my absence, it has been, therefore, lying on my desk until the moment when I took it up. Now the first thing I have to hasten to do is to writeto you these few lines to express my deep regret.
I enjoyed many pleasant sights during my trip. I shall be pleased to give you an account to of them when I see you next.
3. 因未能及时还书致歉 Unable to return borrowed book on time
Excuse me for my long delaying in returning to you your “Robinson Crusoe”which I read through with great interest. I had finished reading the book and was about to return it when [my cousin] came to see me. Never having seen the book, [She] was so interested in it that I had to retain it longer. However, I hope that in view of the additional delight thus afforded by your book, you will overlook my negligence in not returning it sooner. Thanking you again for the loan.
4. 因遗失借书致歉 Because of losing a borrowed book
I am terribly sorry to tell you that I have lost the valuable book you were so kind to lend me [last week]. I read it [everyday] and intended to finish it [next month]. [Last night] when I came to my room, it was nowhere to be found. I will try to recover it as soon as possible. If I fail to find it, I will get a new book for you.
But I am afraid it can never take the place of the old one. Old books are like old friends. Once lost, they can never be replaced. They are connected with cherished associations which the new ones can never have. And for this irrecoverable loss, I am to blame. I was so careless with my things. This is a warning to me to be more careful in the future.
写这类书要注意慎重、谦恭。在信封左下角常写有To introduce ……或Introducing……,信封一般不封。
1. 介绍中学同学 Introducing a middle school classmate
Dear [Mr. Chang].
The bearer, [Ms Huan], is a classmate of mine at middle school, who has recently been assigned to work in your city. [She] is well educated, having good habits and agreeable manners. Any assistance you may give [her] concerning [her] life will be esteemed as a great favor for me.
2. 介绍本人 Self-introduction
From your advertisement in [yesterday’s USA Today] I find that you are wanting a [Chinese teacher] in your college. I beg leave to take the liberty of offering myself for the position.
Born in [Beijing] in , I am a graduate of [Beijing University], and therefore have a good knowledge both in Chinese and English.
Should my application be regarded favorably, I shall endeavor to justify the confidence you may repose in me.
3. 去具体单位的介绍信 Letter of introduction with a known unit
China travel Service
[April 15, 1993]
Bureau of Travel and Tourism
Gentleman in Charge,
The bearer of this letter is [Mr. Zhang Wen], who is entrusted with task of making the necessary arrangements with you for our going to your Bureau to attend the report on [Current affairs].
Please favor [him] with an interview.
4. 去不明具体单位的介绍信 Letter of introduction without a know unit
[Oct. 9. 2004]
To whom it may concern,
This is to introduce Mr [Hu Qang] and [Zhao Wei-guo] who are to make an in vestigation of [Lie Ping’s] family condition on our instructions. We should esteem it a great favor if you would afford [them] the necessary information. With high respect.