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Facebook message

How u doing??

Just wondering if u could be my referee, yr gonna be surprised at what the job consists of... its teaching SQUIRTS... yh I know dirty lil freaky children looool

Hope yr good though??

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Sales pitch to live audience

I represent Team Venture and we’ve put together an app called Ampi Apps. Ampi Apps is big, Ampi Apps is bold and Ampi Apps is noisy.

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Academic writing

The conquest of Italy was certainly not a process of enslavement. It was attacks by their neighbours, or the fear of such attacks, that gave early Rome the pretexts or motives for reducing them to submission; in addition, by confiscating some of their lands, the Romans were able to satisfy the land-hunger of their own peasantry. Despite such confiscations, Roman policy was on the whole conciliatory.

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Casual conversation

You know, one holiday we actually went to Turkey. Uhm, well this is about twelve, fifteen, twenty years ago now, I suppose.

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Personal letter

How are you? I've been trying to get in touch for months, I have written about three letters so far with no replies & guess what, I now know why.

I've been sending them to 72 St Quintins Ave. When did you move? In the letter before last I told you Andy had been made redundant, in the last letter about 5 weeks ago I told you he had a job in Swindon. I don't suppose you ever got them though.

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Voicemail message

Thank you for calling XYZ Company. We are unable to take your call at this time. Please leave a detailed message including your name, phone number, and the reason you called and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. Goodbye.

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Facebook status update

Katy Renton has just been told she looks 'very tired'. Why thank you, kind sir.....

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Prepared speech

Thank you.

Hello Dublin.

Hello Ireland.

My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas and I've come home to find the apostrophe we lost somewhere along the way.

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