[rabbitmq-discuss] Festival Shutdown : rabbitmq-discuss Digest, Vol 77, Issue 32

Tim Watson watson.timothy at gmail.com
Fri Nov 1 10:07:54 GMT 2013

It's not usual to send out of office notifications to a public, subscribed mailing list. Just so you know.

As a native English speaker, I'd also like to point a few small grammatical issues with your mail, which I hope you will find informative and helpful! :)

On 31 Oct 2013, at 10:01, tvaghela at slscorp.com wrote:
> Due to Diwali Festival, SLS will be closed from Oct. 31th to Nov. 6th.

Since Diwali is a specific festival, you should add the "definite article" in front of it: A definite article indicates that its noun (in this case, the Festival Diwali) is a particular one identifiable to the listener. With that in place, your opening sentence should read:

"Due to the Diwali Festival, SLS will be closed from ...."

Since SLS is not closing because of Diwali, but rather is closed for Diwali (since it is considered appropriate to give employees a day off to celebrate this important festival, a human being's action caused the closure), a more idiomatically correct reading would be:

"SLS will be closed between Oct. 31st and Nov. 6th, for the Diwali Festival."

Note that the thirty-first day of the month (or indeed, any something-first day of the month) should be abbreviated with "st" rather than "th", as per the correct pronunciation. I've used "between" here rather than "from .. to", though either is fine as would "from Oct. 31st until Nov. 6th". 

> We will return on Nov. 7th to the office. For urgent matter please call on 001-408-852-0067.

In the latter sentence, it would be more natural to use the plural, rendering "For urgent matters, please call ...." 

> For more information about Diwali:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

That's good introduction to a fascinating festival. Thanks for sharing that information and I hope all concerned have a wonderful time!

I hope my feedback has been useful!

Kind regards,

Tim Watson

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