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Learn to write high-level professional emails by using the phrases and sentences in this lesson. This is ideal for C1 advanced English learners who are already working, or who are looking to get a job in an English-speaking environment. You will learn how to provide reasons, causes, and explanations for things by using “given,” “based on,” “due to,” “seeing that,” and “on account of.” After you have watched the lesson, remember to test your understanding of these professional business English words and phrases by doing the quiz. https://www.engvid.com/c1-advanced-english-for-professional-emails/

Check out my resource on writing professional emails in English: https://www.engvid.com/english-resource/how-to-write-a-professional-email/

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In this lesson:
0:00 Advanced English for Professional Emails
1:25 due to
2:05 given
2:49 seeing that
3:17 move forward
4:06 based on
4:59 on account of/as a result of
5:58 since


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Hey, everyone. I’m Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on C1 Advanced English for Professional Emails. In this lesson, we are going to look at seven different cause-and-effect words and phrases that you can use in professional settings.This is ideal if you have an office job, if you work in a law firm, or if you work in a marketing department. It doesn’t matter if you have an office job where you are sending emails, dealing with clients, dealing with customers,
emailing your boss, emailing colleagues, coworkers. These are very useful phrases. So, these all relate to cause-and-effect, and cause-and-effect is about giving reasons for something,
giving explanations for decisions, or for why something happened the way it did.

So, let’s begin with “due to”. So, “due to” is linked to another phrase that we will get to at the end of this video. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to cancel the order.” Now, this is a very common sentence, “due to unforeseen circumstances”. Unforeseen circumstances are circumstances that you couldn’t predict. Like, “Oh, that’s a surprise. There was no way we could have prepared for that situation.” Okay, so “due to”.

Let’s continue with “given”. So, “Given what we know about our competition, it’s probably best if we act quickly.” So, if something is given, we accept it. It’s like, “Okay, we know this is true.” So, “Given this information”, because we know, we accept this information, we say this information is true. “Given what we know”, “Given what you said”, “Given the cost of the product”, for example. “Given what we know about our competition, it’s probably best if we act quickly in this situation.”

Next, “seeing that”. So, if you use “seeing that”, you’re kind of looking at a situation, looking at a context, and say, “Okay, I see this.” “Seeing that your application is incomplete.”This means like, “I see that your application is incomplete.” “Seeing that your application is incomplete, we are unable to move forward with the process.”

“To move forward” is a wonderful phrase as well in email contexts and in business meetings as well, and in academics, actually. Well, more so in business settings, actually. So, “to move forward with something” means to take the next step in a process. So, if you work for a company that has a step-by-step process for how to process a new customer or a new client. First, okay, we meet with them.
Then, they have to sign a paper. Then, we send the invoice. Then, when they pay the invoice, we send them the product that we promised them. So, okay. “Seeing that your application is incomplete, we are unable to move forward with the process.” Let’s continue.

“Based on”. “We would need to re-evaluate the terms of the contract.”So, “to re-evaluate” is to look at the contract again. Because you gave us, oh, this timeline. A timeline is how long you have to deliver something, a product or a service. Or, yeah, a product or a service. “We would need to re-evaluate.”
You can also say, “We need to re-evaluate the terms of the contract.” So, this is similar to “given”.
“Based on this information.” This is the information we have. This is what the foundation of my argument is. This is what I am basing it on.

Next, “on account of”, which is a nice fancy way to say “as a result of”. So, for example, “The event has been delayed on account of rain.” So, “as a result of rain.” That’s why the event has been delayed.
And again, you can put this at the beginning of the sentence as well. All of these you could, technically. So, you can say, “On account of rain, the event has been delayed.” “As a result of rain, the event has been delayed.” It sounds a little better in the second part in this case, though. […]