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1. Is it incorrect to use and more than once in a sentence?
  eg. "I would like to express my deep regrets and I sincerely apologize for not taking the Exam 1 Practical and for not attending classes regularly."

 

2. Could you also check if the below example is correct please?

" I would like to express my deep regrets and sincerely apologize for not taking the Exam 1 Practical and for not attending classes regularly. I did not sit for the exam as I was not able to arrive on time. I was behind schedule due to traffic congestion along my journey back from my hometown during the Chinese New Year festival. And in retrospect, I believe my lacking of attendance may have resulted from my inability to cope well with stress and my sickness. I have chronic sinusitis which has worsened lately and was under medications."

asked Sep 03 '13 at 13:43 eizziey i.r. New member

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You can use and more than once in a sentence.  However, a good teacher would probably tell you to find another way to say consecutive 'ands' such as:

I apologize for A and B and C.

I apologize for A and B as well as C.

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"Exam 1 Practical"  Double check this test name--I doubt you have it written down correctly.

 

Try to be slightly more informal when begging for forgiveness:

"I could not sit for the exam because I was unable to arrive on time."

 

Since you gave a proper title to the "festival" and didn't use it as a possession of the holiday (Year's), I would go ahead and capitalize it as well.

 

Leave out the "and" in front of "In retrospect"

 

"My lack of attendance"

 

I wouldn't phrase it so that you couldn't COPE with your sickness; I would make it unequivocal.

"...resulted from my sickness and my inability to cope with the stress."

Don't say stress in general--that would mean you are a weak person--use the article "the" to show that this specific stress was just too much.

 

Your sinusitis was not under medications--you were.

"I have been under medication for chronic sinusitis, which has worsened lately."

link comment edited Sep 04 '13 at 23:46 Aaron Prejean Expert

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