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recommendation • diverse • feed
mess with • sum up
  1. If you download a virus, it will your computer.
  2. Can you what happened in the meeting and send it in a memo to me.
  3. We have a group of people working here.
  4. He wrote me a great .
  5. You will have to me the instructions as I do this.
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1030 Letters of Rec

Nydja talks about getting letters of recommendation and have to submit writings for grad school.

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letter of recommendation


I needed three letters of recommendation.

A letter of recommendation is a letter written for someone as a reference for a job or application process. In the letter of recommendation, the writer lists good points about the person being recommended. A letter of recommendation often is written by someone of authority or higher status, such as a professor, teacher, or boss. Notice the following:

  1. I asked my professor to write me a letter of recommendation for grad school.
  2. My old boss wrote me a great letter of recommendation for my new job.

a diverse mix


There's quite a diverse mix.

A mix of something is a collection of different things or substances. Diverse means varied or different. Actually, a mix is already diverse but we say diverse mix for emphasis. You could say "quite a mix" and mean the same thing. Notice the following:

  1. There is quite a diverse mix of students in class.
  2. The video store has a diverse mix of movies.



You feed them what to say.

Normally, feed means to give someone or something food, such as when you feed a baby or feed a dog. But you can feed other things such as items or information that will be used later. Notice the following:

  1. I fed the machines all my quarters but it still did not give me my drink.
  2. The teacher fed the students the answers for the test.

mess with


You might mess with your grades.

When you mess with something, you interfere with it, or change it from it s normal condition. Notice the following:

  1. Don't mess that. You will break it.
  2. Someone has been messing with my computer. Was it you?

sum up


I can sum it up in a few sentences.

When you sum something up, you give a summary of what happened or will happen. A sum is also the total of all the parts.

  1. Can you sum up the lecture for me. I missed class.
  2. To sum up most marriages: boy meets girl, boy falls in love, boy gets married.