Please do hesitate…
Official letters are the bane of my life, but the final line of one I’ve just received from a local council employee made me laugh:
Do hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.
On a more serious note, the tired, old-fashioned cliché, ‘Please do not hesitate to contact me…’ , so beloved of lazy letter writers, should be banned. Some words have been strung together too often to have retained any real meaning.
Download a brief guide about writing letters (including alternatives to ‘Please do not hesitate…’) from the Plain English Campaign.
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