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    Hi All,

    I have recently written a letter to my supervisor with the following opening: 'I hope you understand that translation work requires high level of concentration and accuracy.'

    The background is that I am working for a company which provides translation services. Given my workload, I wish my supervisor, who is a very experienced translator, will review my pay. However, he replied by stating that the expression aforementioned is 'totally impolite and offensive'.

    Regardless of his motive, I am wondering if my expression is indeed what he said. Please advise, English experts. Thanks!
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    Hi All,

    I have recently written a letter to my supervisor with the following opening: 'I hope you understand that translation work requires high level of concentration and accuracy.'

    The background is that I am working for a company which provides translation services. Given my workload, I wish my supervisor, who is a very experienced translator, will review my pay. However, he replied by stating that the expression aforementioned is 'totally impolite and offensive'.

    Regardless of his motive, I am wondering if my expression is indeed what he said. Please advise, English experts. Thanks!

    I think it is a bit pushy and starts the letter off with the wrong tone etc. If you were going to use the phrase then imo it would be much after in the letter and even then the way its phrased makes it look like a complaint.

    You tend to get further with such letters by pointing out how you make them money. How reliable, high quality of work.

    Not sure it is what your supervisor says, but wouldnt be used in that way as an underlying tone of complaint or telling them about the job they have much more experience is not likely to persuade people to act in your favour.
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    I agree with your supervisor-it implies that you don't think they know this(I don't know if this is true or not). Also I wouldn't start off a letter with that phrase. Maybe mention it later on, saying that it requires high levels of concentration. Don't do the whole I hope you understand sentence-in this particular context it doesn't work in the way you want it to
 
 
 
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