Declining an offer


Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

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Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID]
Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

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Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID]
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Bhohr
Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.
Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.
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Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.


No problem and congratulations on your acceptance!
[quote]Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.[/quote]

No problem and congratulations on your acceptance!
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Xea
Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.


Have you decided where will you be heading? :)
[quote]Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.[/quote]

Have you decided where will you be heading? :)
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Bhohr
Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.


Have you decided where will you be heading? :)


Almost 100% sure I am going to attend Northwestern (50% scholarship). I have just sent four e-mails declining offers (Michigan, NYU, Berkeley and Cornell)...
[quote][quote]Useful topic. Thank you. I will use this as a basis to withdraw from NYU.[/quote]

Have you decided where will you be heading? :) [/quote]

Almost 100% sure I am going to attend Northwestern (50% scholarship). I have just sent four e-mails declining offers (Michigan, NYU, Berkeley and Cornell)...
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joeyman365
Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

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Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID]


I find this ridiculous. It is verbose and pompous. All they need to know is that you decline the offer. They don't want to hear about how excellent their employer is nor how benevolent you believe you are for declining their offer promptly. If they need you to sign a form, you can be sure they will remind you!

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
[quote]Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

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Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID][/quote]

I find this ridiculous. It is verbose and pompous. All they need to know is that you decline the offer. They don't want to hear about how excellent their employer is nor how benevolent you believe you are for declining their offer promptly. If they need you to sign a form, you can be sure they will remind you!

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
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num3ro14
Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

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Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID]


I find this ridiculous. It is verbose and pompous. All they need to know is that you decline the offer. They don't want to hear about how excellent their employer is nor how benevolent you believe you are for declining their offer promptly. If they need you to sign a form, you can be sure they will remind you!

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey


I don't think there is anything wrong with either of the alternatives but I think it's kind of polite to actually state the reason why you are declining the offer.
[quote][quote]Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

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Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID][/quote]

I find this ridiculous. It is verbose and pompous. All they need to know is that you decline the offer. They don't want to hear about how excellent their employer is nor how benevolent you believe you are for declining their offer promptly. If they need you to sign a form, you can be sure they will remind you!

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
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I don't think there is anything wrong with either of the alternatives but I think it's kind of polite to actually state the reason why you are declining the offer.
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These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey


Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.

[Edited by legal_eagle20 on Mar 27, 2017]

[quote][quote]
These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
[/quote]

Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.

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col88
Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

----------

Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID]


Thank you for the template! I will use it to withdraw from USC and Fordham. I think that is a good idea to mention that I am grateful for the scholarships too, that's right?
[quote]Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

----------

Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID][/quote]

Thank you for the template! I will use it to withdraw from USC and Fordham. I think that is a good idea to mention that I am grateful for the scholarships too, that's right?
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Thank you for the template! I will use it to withdraw from USC and Fordham. I think that is a good idea to mention that I am grateful for the scholarships too, that's right?


If you want to, sure! I think being courteous and providing a reason for declining should suffice--that way you're covered in case you reapply.

Also, congrats on your acceptance! All the best.
[quote][quote]

Thank you for the template! I will use it to withdraw from USC and Fordham. I think that is a good idea to mention that I am grateful for the scholarships too, that's right?[/quote]

If you want to, sure! I think being courteous and providing a reason for declining should suffice--that way you're covered in case you reapply.

Also, congrats on your acceptance! All the best.

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col88


Thank you for the template! I will use it to withdraw from USC and Fordham. I think that is a good idea to mention that I am grateful for the scholarships too, that's right?


If you want to, sure! I think being courteous and providing a reason for declining should suffice--that way you're covered in case you reapply.

Also, congrats on your acceptance! All the best.



Yes, I agree with you. Thank you!
[quote][quote][quote]

Thank you for the template! I will use it to withdraw from USC and Fordham. I think that is a good idea to mention that I am grateful for the scholarships too, that's right?[/quote]

If you want to, sure! I think being courteous and providing a reason for declining should suffice--that way you're covered in case you reapply.

Also, congrats on your acceptance! All the best.

[/quote]

Yes, I agree with you. Thank you!
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joeyman365

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey


Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.



I am always looking to improve my English. Can you point out the grammatical mistakes, please?
[quote][quote][quote]
These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
[/quote]

Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.

[/quote]

I am always looking to improve my English. Can you point out the grammatical mistakes, please?
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joeyman365
Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

----------

Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID]


I find this ridiculous. It is verbose and pompous. All they need to know is that you decline the offer. They don't want to hear about how excellent their employer is nor how benevolent you believe you are for declining their offer promptly. If they need you to sign a form, you can be sure they will remind you!

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey


I don't think there is anything wrong with either of the alternatives but I think it's kind of polite to actually state the reason why you are declining the offer.


I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.

[Edited by joeyman365 on Mar 27, 2017]

[quote][quote][quote]Those who have received an admission and/or a scholarship offer from a particular school and have decided not to attend, can you please notify the school as a courtesy to the institution and other students who are still waiting?

For your convenience, here is a sample withdrawal letter.
Thank you! Good luck.

----------

Dear Admissions Staff,

After careful consideration, I have decided to withdraw my application for admission. I appreciate your offer of admission and am certain that I would receive an excellent legal education at your institution. However, I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time. To be fair to other applicants, as well as your staff, I believe now is an appropriate time to withdraw my application.

If there is a formal procedure (a letter or form) that is required to officially withdraw, please let me know and I will comply.

Thank you for your careful consideration of my application. I wish you the best of luck for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Sincerely,

[Name and LSAC ID][/quote]

I find this ridiculous. It is verbose and pompous. All they need to know is that you decline the offer. They don't want to hear about how excellent their employer is nor how benevolent you believe you are for declining their offer promptly. If they need you to sign a form, you can be sure they will remind you!

These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
[/quote]

I don't think there is anything wrong with either of the alternatives but I think it's kind of polite to actually state the reason why you are declining the offer.[/quote]

I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.
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I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.


That's actually a substantive reason to decline an offer. It signals that you received other offers and it might even allow the admissions committee to consider increasing/matching a scholarship offer without explicitly asking them to do so.

You can word your letter however you choose to do so but there are legitimate reasons to inform an admissions committee of other offers. Anyway, I'm sure you have other posts to criticize behind the shield of your computer screen, so I will not take up anymore of your time to do so. Good luck!

[Edited by legal_eagle20 on Mar 27, 2017]

[quote]

I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.[/quote]

That's actually a substantive reason to decline an offer. It signals that you received other offers and it might even allow the admissions committee to consider increasing/matching a scholarship offer without explicitly asking them to do so.

You can word your letter however you choose to do so but there are legitimate reasons to inform an admissions committee of other offers. Anyway, I'm sure you have other posts to criticize behind the shield of your computer screen, so I will not take up anymore of your time to do so. Good luck!
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Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.



I am always looking to improve my English. Can you point out the grammatical mistakes, please?


Avoid using passive voice ;)
[quote][quote][quote][quote]
These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
[/quote]

Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.

[/quote]

I am always looking to improve my English. Can you point out the grammatical mistakes, please?[/quote]

Avoid using passive voice ;)
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joeyman365


I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.


That's actually a substantive reason to decline an offer. It signals that you received other offers and it might even allow the admissions committee to consider increasing/matching a scholarship offer without explicitly asking them to do so.

You can word your letter however you choose to do so but there are legitimate reasons to inform an admissions committee of other offers. Anyway, I'm sure you have other posts to criticize behind the shield of your computer screen, so I will not take up anymore of your time to do so. Good luck!


That's a good point. I guess I was just assuming everyone would be rejecting schools because they got better offers and those who don't are the exception.

I apologise for criticising your work. Your post just rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I've faced enough rejections that start with you're so wonderful but... that I just think it's better to be honest and straight to the point, no flattery.

Anyway, best of luck to you this cycle.
[quote][quote]

I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.[/quote]

That's actually a substantive reason to decline an offer. It signals that you received other offers and it might even allow the admissions committee to consider increasing/matching a scholarship offer without explicitly asking them to do so.

You can word your letter however you choose to do so but there are legitimate reasons to inform an admissions committee of other offers. Anyway, I'm sure you have other posts to criticize behind the shield of your computer screen, so I will not take up anymore of your time to do so. Good luck![/quote]

That's a good point. I guess I was just assuming everyone would be rejecting schools because they got better offers and those who don't are the exception.

I apologise for criticising your work. Your post just rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I've faced enough rejections that start with you're so wonderful but... that I just think it's better to be honest and straight to the point, no flattery.

Anyway, best of luck to you this cycle.
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joeyman365


I am always looking to improve my English. Can you point out the grammatical mistakes, please?


Avoid using passive voice ;)


Noted!
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These are busy people. Be direct, brief and polite.

Thank you for your offer of admission to the LLM programme. After consideration, I will not be accepting the offer.

Best regards,

Joey
[/quote]

Besides being grammatically incorrect, I don't think you're adding anything useful to the original post. I think it would help the admissions committee to know why you are declining their offer. In any event, if you decide to reapply, they won't view you as arrogant and/or obnoxious as your post indicates.

[/quote]

I am always looking to improve my English. Can you point out the grammatical mistakes, please?[/quote]

Avoid using passive voice ;)[/quote]

Noted!
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I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.


That's actually a substantive reason to decline an offer. It signals that you received other offers and it might even allow the admissions committee to consider increasing/matching a scholarship offer without explicitly asking them to do so.

You can word your letter however you choose to do so but there are legitimate reasons to inform an admissions committee of other offers. Anyway, I'm sure you have other posts to criticize behind the shield of your computer screen, so I will not take up anymore of your time to do so. Good luck!


That's a good point. I guess I was just assuming everyone would be rejecting schools because they got better offers and those who don't are the exception.

I apologise for criticising your work. Your post just rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I've faced enough rejections that start with you're so wonderful but... that I just think it's better to be honest and straight to the point, no flattery.

Anyway, best of luck to you this cycle.


That works too. I mean, if you turn around and decide to apply again another time, they might remember you as that applicant who sent a courteous letter declining their offer. Either way, it's your decision and it's personal. Whether you decide to send a letter or not is also a personal choice.

Good luck to you as well. The end result should ideally be to help make the world a better place. I hope you will use your intelligence and talents to do just that.
[quote][quote][quote]

I agree, but only if you have a specific reason. "I am weighing several offers more heavily at this time" is not a very good reason. It doesn't tell them anything useful.[/quote]

That's actually a substantive reason to decline an offer. It signals that you received other offers and it might even allow the admissions committee to consider increasing/matching a scholarship offer without explicitly asking them to do so.

You can word your letter however you choose to do so but there are legitimate reasons to inform an admissions committee of other offers. Anyway, I'm sure you have other posts to criticize behind the shield of your computer screen, so I will not take up anymore of your time to do so. Good luck![/quote]

That's a good point. I guess I was just assuming everyone would be rejecting schools because they got better offers and those who don't are the exception.

I apologise for criticising your work. Your post just rubbed me the wrong way. I guess I've faced enough rejections that start with you're so wonderful but... that I just think it's better to be honest and straight to the point, no flattery.

Anyway, best of luck to you this cycle.[/quote]

That works too. I mean, if you turn around and decide to apply again another time, they might remember you as that applicant who sent a courteous letter declining their offer. Either way, it's your decision and it's personal. Whether you decide to send a letter or not is also a personal choice.

Good luck to you as well. The end result should ideally be to help make the world a better place. I hope you will use your intelligence and talents to do just that.
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Since we are apparently giving each other English lessons...

Joey's proposed response was not grammatically incorrect, nor was it a use of the passive voice. Passive voice (seen in a lot of bad legal writing) is more like "your offer will not be accepted." Joey simply wrote his rejection in the future tense. Sure, it might be more precise to reject it in the present tense (I am sorry, but I reject your offer) but either one is correct.

So perhaps save the English lessons for when you really know what you're talking about.
Since we are apparently giving each other English lessons...

Joey's proposed response was not grammatically incorrect, nor was it a use of the passive voice. Passive voice (seen in a lot of bad legal writing) is more like "your offer will not be accepted." Joey simply wrote his rejection in the future tense. Sure, it might be more precise to reject it in the present tense (I am sorry, but I reject your offer) but either one is correct.

So perhaps save the English lessons for when you really know what you're talking about.

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Since we are apparently giving each other English lessons...

Joey's proposed response was not grammatically incorrect, nor was it a use of the passive voice. Passive voice (seen in a lot of bad legal writing) is more like "your offer will not be accepted." Joey simply wrote his rejection in the future tense. Sure, it might be more precise to reject it in the present tense (I am sorry, but I reject your offer) but either one is correct.

So perhaps save the English lessons for when you really know what you're talking about.



The sentence doesn't indicate who the speaker is. Passive voice shifts the emphasis from the subject to the object of a sentence. But anywho, I'll save the English lessons and I hope you'll save that attitude for law school and beyond. I'm sure a lot of your clients would truly appreciate your enthusiasm. Cheers!

[Edited by legal_eagle20 on Mar 28, 2017]

[quote]Since we are apparently giving each other English lessons...

Joey's proposed response was not grammatically incorrect, nor was it a use of the passive voice. Passive voice (seen in a lot of bad legal writing) is more like "your offer will not be accepted." Joey simply wrote his rejection in the future tense. Sure, it might be more precise to reject it in the present tense (I am sorry, but I reject your offer) but either one is correct.

So perhaps save the English lessons for when you really know what you're talking about.

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The sentence doesn't indicate who the speaker is. Passive voice shifts the emphasis from the subject to the object of a sentence. But anywho, I'll save the English lessons and I hope you'll save that attitude for law school and beyond. I'm sure a lot of your clients would truly appreciate your enthusiasm. Cheers!
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