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 "Invited", "Free Gift", and the English Language
Today, I received a flyer from Sun

"You are invited to a Sneak Preview of the NEW SOLARIS 9 ..."

And I when I further read, it is that I am invited to register
two courses.

I would like to ask the net opinion if this is the proper usage
of the English language, as I have never been "invited" to a store
to buy something.

The flyer futher mentioned that I can get "free gifts" if I attend
a course. I wonder what a "paid gift" looks like.

I am not arguing that the course should be free. I just do not like
the false sensation that I am "invited" or I am "selected". I am interested
to know how those of you feel got the same flyer. Thanks.

 Sun, 10 Oct 2004 08:17:05 GMT   
 "Invited", "Free Gift", and the English Language

I believe this is perfectly correct. I wonder how much an American can
really comment on English language usage anyway? We appear to be
importing a multitude of misuses of the language from the U.S. on a
daily basis, here in England.

I don't think this is the first time those two words have been put
together. 'Free' doesn't necessarily refer to monetary value here. Maybe
Sun are trying to tell us that the gifts come with no commitment of any

 Sun, 10 Oct 2004 16:32:53 GMT   
 "Invited", "Free Gift", and the English Language

It's probably slightly more "proper" usage than the sentence "And I
when I further read, it is that I am invited to register two courses."

As if it matters.


 Sun, 10 Oct 2004 17:19:55 GMT   
 "Invited", "Free Gift", and the English Language

It is probably not proper to compare the intentional usage of a word
with the unintentional usage of a sentence.

 Sun, 10 Oct 2004 21:14:09 GMT   
 "Invited", "Free Gift", and the English Language

Oh, I see. When *they* make a mistake, it's intentional. When *you* make a
mistake, it's unintentional.


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 Sun, 10 Oct 2004 22:00:28 GMT   
 "Invited", "Free Gift", and the English Language
In article <5Qmx8.106$>,

I have.  My car dealer sends me invitations like this all the time.
"Preferred customers" (meaning anyone who has purchased from them in the
past) are given a "sneak preview" of the upcoming models.

Barry Margolin,
Genuity, Woburn, MA
Please DON'T copy followups to me -- I'll assume it wasn't posted to the group.

 Sun, 10 Oct 2004 23:52:40 GMT   
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