Typical mistakes in emails: concealed questions (for PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, The Unified State Exam EGE)
Despite the seeming ease of writing an email in a national or international English exam, this task has a good number of difficult to see traps that await inexperienced school students. One of these is called a concealed or hidden question.
Let's consider the following example:
We are going to visit Moscow in October. What's the weather like at this time of year? Do we need to bring our warm clothes? My father is a vegetarian, he enjoys eating fruit. What sort of fruit will he find in Russia? My mom would like you to tell us what we could visit in a week without extra expenses.
How many questions to answer have you counted?
If your answer is three, you have made a mistake as they do not always have question marks. In fact, it is necessary to answer four questions, the last of which is the following:
My mom would like you to tell us what we could visit in a week without extra expenses.
It does not have a question mark that's why it's all too easy to oversee it. These are called requests and that's why they do not use question marks, which still necessitates giving an answer.
And even if you noticed this request, have you included information about no extra cost in your answer? If you should fail to do so, you will lose marks since this is a part of the question, or rather, a request here.
This is only a small fraction of knowledge students need to have to be able to write their emails successfully but certainly a good step in the right direction.