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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
"I would like to talk about my stock options with you."

What sounds more professional than the sentence above and keeps the same meaning? Pick the BEST answer.

"Could you please give us some more information about your proposal?"

How could you ask this question more professionally?

"When will they get the documents?"

Improve on this question.

"I think I might need your help on this project."

Which of the following is the best way to express this idea more professionally?

"Do you have the manager's email? How can I get in touch with her?"
Express this idea in a more business-like way.

"Do you have any idea how to fix the problem?"

Rephrase this more professionally.

"Could you please tell the HR manager I have arrived for my interview?"

Express the same idea in a more business-like fashion.

"Please make sure you arrive on time. The meeting starts at 10:00 on the dot."

How could you rephrase this?

"Could you please give each customer a copy of the brochure?"

Which of the following options expresses the same idea more formally?

"Can you tell me why we did not get the contract?"

Which option below expresses the same idea in the most professional language?


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Thank, Rebecca!

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Thanks.

Thursday, June 13th 2013

thanks rebecca, it`s been really helpful cuz’ lessons like that improve our fluency.
congrtulations!!

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Here’s another great lesson from a great teacher.

Thank you Rebecca, God bless you.

Thursday, June 13th 2013

    What a kind compliment from a fellow English teacher. Thank you very much, indeed, and I wish you and your lucky students all the best.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

      Thank you Mrs Rebecca. I hope to be a good student…

      Saturday, September 21st 2013

Thank you Rebecca ,you are so good in English,teaching a lot of interesting things.

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Thanks a lot Rebecca! and yet I just don’t get it quiz#10. What did I miss is between “Could you explain why we dindn’t get the contract? and ~why we were not awawrded the contract?..It seems only passive and active voice to me that I haven’t found difference between them.

Thursday, June 13th 2013

    Hi moonlit70,

    “~get the contract?” is informal compare to “~why we were not awarded the contract?” which is more professional.

    Friday, June 14th 2013

      Hellow Helanr! I really appreciate what you explain to me. It was short and sweet~ Thank you ^^

      Friday, June 14th 2013

    so did I. I was wrong on those questions too.

    Wednesday, October 16th 2013

I got 8 correct out of 10. It’s very helpful for me in term of practicing
English. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Thank you..^^

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thanks,Rebecca :)

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you! Very useful phrases ))

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you very much Rebecca

Friday, June 14th 2013

thanx

Friday, June 14th 2013

Hi Rebecca. Thanks for this lesson. It is very interesting and so helpful.

Friday, June 14th 2013

Hey i have got 9 correct out of 10. Thanks Rebacca :)I am a sale manager and can you explain some more example for sales call get the client stay on call for a longer time

Friday, June 14th 2013

Dear My brother
I received instructions from organization to visit USA , these instructions contain of 13 points
Each point start with Preposition “to” plus “base verb” such as :
– To behave ………….
– Not to use ……..
– To respect ……..
– To keep ……
My questions are
1. Why they have used this kind of formulas ?” are they can say “ you must be … “ or anything else .

2. I have always tried to use “present perfect” in my sentences . are these sentences that I have used in 1 and 2 correct or no ?

3. How can I use the Caudal questions with Present perfect ? for example

“He has married for three months. hasn’t he “
Is this correct or no ?
Thanks a lot
4. Please let me know if I have made mistakes ?

Friday, June 14th 2013

    Dear My sister Rebbeca
    I received instructions from organization to visit USA , these instructions contain of 13 points
    Each point start with Preposition “to” plus “base verb” such as :
    – To behave ………….
    – Not to use ……..
    – To respect ……..
    – To keep ……
    My questions are
    1. Why they have used this kind of formulas ?” aren’t they can say “ you must be … “ or anything else .

    2. I have always tried to use “present perfect” in my sentences . are these sentences that I have used in 1 and 2 correct or no ?

    3. How can I use the Caudal questions with Present perfect ? for example

    “He has married for three months. hasn’t he “
    Is this correct or no ?

    4. Please let me know if I have made mistakes ?
    many thanks Rebbeca

    Friday, June 14th 2013

      1) It is a simple way to organize information, so they don’t have to repeat the whole sentence.
      2)You should say, Why have they used these kinds…
      and Can’t they say…
      3) He has been married for 3 months, hasn’t he?
      All the best to you.

      Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thank you teacher, great job, i’ve got 100% i’m a very good student.

Friday, June 14th 2013

I’m really sorry ” Dear my sister Rebbeca

Friday, June 14th 2013

thank you, teacher

Friday, June 14th 2013

Hi.
I have access to this page, but not to the video! What can I do?

Friday, June 14th 2013

    Youtube is probably blocked in your country — try using the Tor browser to get around it. According to this article from March, access is patchy, but maybe things have gotten better since then?

    Monday, June 17th 2013

      Thanks for your reply.
      I will try the Tor browser. Hope it works.

      Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Thank you so much .

It is useful .

Friday, June 14th 2013

this type of lessons very important and dangerous especially in my country . Rebbecca , there are many thousands of people will subscribe on your Chanel . I ‘m going to ask of my God to give you anything you wish to get(receive)
Rebbecca I can’t describe my thanks and appreciate to you
you really deserve to name you (the highness princess)
kind regard …..

Friday, June 14th 2013

    Wow, thank you so much for your very kind words. I enjoy helping people improve themselves and believe that all of us can do so, no matter how long we may have struggled with a difficult question. My best wishes to you, Yousif.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thank you so much! :)

Friday, June 14th 2013

It’s extremely useful for me, some of these have already known before.However, thank you so much .

Friday, June 14th 2013

Got 9 out of 10.Very useful lesson..could you please provide a lesson on “difference between would,will,could,can”.Thank you

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you very much! It is helpful!

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thanks for this great class…

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thx Rebbeca. It was really helpful.

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you for this useful lesson Rebecca!!!
Wish you the best!

Friday, June 14th 2013

thank u :-)

Friday, June 14th 2013

thanks a lot

it is really helpful….

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank You so much Rebecca, I love your way in teaching, have a great Life :)

Friday, June 14th 2013

    You too! Thank you!

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

thanks miss. v expect/anticipate dis lesson continuously..
love u so much miss..

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you

Friday, June 14th 2013

it is the first time to get lesson in english business =) it was really amazing experience )) thank uuuuuuuuuu

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank you so much for the lesson

Friday, June 14th 2013

Thank a lot.

Friday, June 14th 2013

Excellent lesson! Thanks Rebecca!

Friday, June 14th 2013

Very useful lesson!
Thanks Rebecca.

Friday, June 14th 2013

Hi Rebecca!!!
I’ve been reading the book percy jackson and there was a phrase that I couldn’t understand, could explain it to me?
“Oh,where’d they dance off to?” the contraction is would or had? and what dance off to means?
Thanks

Friday, June 14th 2013

    is the verb remains in present tense the contraction will always be ” would “

    Friday, June 14th 2013

    Here they mean:

    Where did they dance off to?

    which is a cute way of saying where did they go now.

    All the best to you and wonderful that you are reading in English. Keep it up!

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thank you! I think the real lesson is: in business we need to use different language as well we must dress formally.

Friday, June 14th 2013

dance off means “bailar hasta mas no poder ” by the way, great lesson rebecca!!!

Friday, June 14th 2013

It is a kind of fun to learn English following your courses. Thank you for your contribution.

Friday, June 14th 2013

    Glad you’re enjoying the lessons. We try our best to make learning English more fun, and are always happy to hear from our viewers. My best wishes to you, Arthur.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thnx a lot… you made my life easier… :D
i’ve got 100 ! The difference became very clear now for me between general & bussiness english.

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    Very happy to hear that! All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

in the last question, can I replace get instead of award? Would you mind elaborating on it?

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    You can replace it, but then it would sound like basic English instead of business English. Basic English is not wrong, it is also correct, just not as formal. That’s why it;s important to learn some higher-level expressions for use in professional or formal situations. My best wishes to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

thanks Rebecca the lesson is helpful .

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Thanks Rebecca!! (9/10)

Saturday, June 15th 2013

thank you for the helpful lesson. By the way, Rebecca, would you mind explaining something about “sentence structure”, “Noun clause” and ” Inversion”. I’m having a lot of trouble in those grammar…T_T

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    I have just realized that I made a mistake when typing “sentence structure”. Sorry for that. I only need help in Noun clause and inversion.

    Saturday, June 15th 2013

      It’s difficult to explain here. Please consult a good grammar book or check online. All the best!

      Saturday, July 13th 2013

THANKS………..

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Thank you, Rebecca. I am able to understand your lessons because of clear pronounciation and simple explaination.

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    Glad to hear it, thanks, and all the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

thanks teacher, i received 90 out of 100 ….i have a request to reply my questions .This is for all engvid teachers.

Ta

Sunday, June 16th 2013

    Thanks for watching, Shameer. We try our best to answer, but cannot answer all comments or questions within this format. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

You’re a great teacher thank you

Sunday, June 16th 2013

thanks very much

Sunday, June 16th 2013

many thanks

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thanks Rebecca. 10 out 10. Awesome video as usual

Monday, June 17th 2013

10 out of 10*****

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thank you a lot. It very helpful. Now I know how to contact and discuss with my client. Thank

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Hi rebbica. how are you? I hope you are doing well. Your teaching is very good. i like it. Can i have your personal E-mail address or phone number?

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Wow, starting again.

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Hi Rebecca! Thanks for the topic. it was very helpful. Could you provide any website that have tips about business english words?
Regards

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

    There are many such sites, and you can also read the business section of any media website. You could also check Business English books, and guides that prepare students for the TOEIC exam, which is basically a test of business English. All the best to you!

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thx very much Rebecca your leason helded a lot

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Sorry (helped)

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Thank a a lot. I’ll tray to changen the The way i write!

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Thank you so much ^^

Thursday, June 20th 2013

many thanx !

Thursday, June 20th 2013

Thank you very much!!

Friday, June 21st 2013

so Im thankful Mis.

Saturday, June 22nd 2013

10/10 Thanks!

Saturday, June 22nd 2013

was helpful..tnx

Saturday, June 22nd 2013

Hi Rebecca.I like your teaching.
could you please share lesson on the usage of ‘Let’ in different situation.

Thanks in advance.

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

    Thanks for your suggestion, Suman. I will pass it on to the other teachers as well. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Thank you Rebecca

Monday, June 24th 2013

Which type of accersize I want to focus my spelling mistake plz help me.

Monday, June 24th 2013

THanks a lot .
its good .

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thanks. It is really excellent
.

Monday, July 1st 2013

Thank you so much..

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Thanks!
:)

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Thank you for the hint of how to use business english. Even if I already knew this business words I have now opened the “file” inside my brain. A very helpful video Rebecca!

Friday, July 5th 2013

    Great! All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

thanks Rebeccathat is very great lesson

Monday, July 8th 2013

I would appreciate your perfect explaining on how to shift regular words to Business. I haven’t ever known that elaborate word could be used in Business and it does mean giving more information about something. I’m really thankful to you Robecca ……

Monday, July 8th 2013

    Check for more Business English vocabulary in Business English books, on the news, and in TOEIC guides. All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

Rebecca, could you explain more a bout “on the dot” in the end of the sentences, please!
Thank you !

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

    The expression “on the dot” means exactly or precisely.

    In other words, please be at the reception at 5pm on the dot, means don’t be late, be there exactly on time.

    All the best to you.

    Saturday, July 13th 2013

thank you …..Rebecca very useful

Thursday, July 11th 2013

It’s great lesson!i want to improve my English with everyone )my Skype name is managerusue2007.

Friday, July 12th 2013

very good explanation for the topic. Thanks Rebecca.

Friday, July 12th 2013

Thanks to all for your feedback on this important lesson, which can make the difference between losing a job and getting one, or staying in the same position and getting a promotion. Always work on enriching your professional vocabulary. All the best to all of you.

Saturday, July 13th 2013

i got 10 i’m surprise . tnx. i learned a lot in your lesson..

Sunday, July 14th 2013

thanks Rebecca , I really want to master the formal vocabularies.

Saturday, July 27th 2013

Dear Rebecca,

thanks, its really helpful much indeed..

Tuesday, July 30th 2013

I like the way how to teach I also love your style

Thursday, August 1st 2013

Dear Rebecca,
thanks, Your English is very simple and every body can understand that what are you saying. I am watching your videos and it is very useful for me.now I can speak in English. But I have some hesitation.I can’t speak fluently.so please give me some suggestion that how can I speak fluently in English.Please tell me mam…..

Sunday, August 4th 2013

great lesson from a great
teacher…
god bless u

Sunday, August 4th 2013

Thanks!!!

Sunday, August 4th 2013

great lesson..very helpful :) Thanks

Tuesday, August 13th 2013

Very useful. Thank you so much, Rebecca <3

Thursday, August 22nd 2013

very useful and lucidly, thanks.

Friday, August 23rd 2013

thanks mam, i learned a lot..

Wednesday, September 11th 2013

Thank you Rebecca! I can get 9!
I could belive myself. I try another quiz.

Sunday, September 15th 2013

thanks “i received your inform”

but ” ..require more than…”

Monday, September 16th 2013

Thanks a lot Rebecca, Great lesson!

Monday, September 16th 2013

thank you so much.. really its very interesting.. you made so many changes in my english.. thanks a lot.. you have a very clear voice it helps me a lot.. thank you.. :)

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

thank you… :)

Tuesday, September 24th 2013

Thank, Rebecca!

Monday, September 30th 2013

Thank you to teach me about simple business english vocabulary

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

Thank you

Sunday, October 20th 2013

Great, thanks so much

Monday, October 21st 2013

Thank you so much Rebecca. It’s really helpful. :)

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013

Thank you Rebecca, for taking the time to share your knowledge with everyone around the WORLD . The site is very helpful ..I glanced on youtube for few days, and decided to come aboard .I would like to continue improving my English ,giving the fact – that I work in the professional environment .I hope it make sense what I wrote.otherwise feel free to correct my grammar . I appreciate for your time.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

Hi Rebecca, When you have a chance could you please elaborate ….

1. Take care.

2. Thank you for everything take care.

In conversations could be on the phone , via e- mail or text. Let’s say we have been Talking for couple weeks…..and my friend always end with the grammar above.In other hand I’m always polite so, mine ends with… Let’s talk again next Fri or talk with you soon .I feel like she don’t want to be plague. What do you suggest .Thank you in advance.

Monday, October 28th 2013

Thank you very much

Tuesday, November 19th 2013

Thanks Ms Rebbeca
got 90%

Thursday, December 5th 2013

I don’t know what if I ask my friend like:”Would you please elaborate on that again?” How are they gonna to response. Haha. :)

Thursday, December 5th 2013

Thank you very much!

Sunday, December 15th 2013

pretty good teaching)))

Thursday, December 19th 2013

Thank you.

Friday, December 20th 2013

I am so happy for being understanding your explanation, thank you Ms Rebecca.

Monday, December 30th 2013

thank you very much.

Thursday, January 16th 2014

Thank you Mrs Rebecca. I hope to be a good student

Saturday, January 25th 2014

thsnk u so much. i very like yr lessons

Sunday, February 9th 2014

Hey Rebecca!
thsnk u vẻy much. i very like yr lessons

Sunday, February 9th 2014

how’s fanstatic! my vocab is increasing very fast. thanks you for all of your help!

Friday, February 21st 2014

talk more = elaborate , get = recieve; get in touch = contact; talk about = discuss; tell why = explain; give a plan = provide

Friday, February 21st 2014

i have 9!it’s exsellent! Thanks a lot!

Saturday, February 22nd 2014

Great teaching!Very clear to understand!I loved the lesson!May God bless you!

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

Many thanks

Sunday, March 2nd 2014

I realy like this wepsite its amazing

Monday, March 3rd 2014

Hi Rebecca, I am new in this site. I would like to ask if which of the two is correct “at the training room” or “in the training room”?.
Looking forward for your answer. Thank you.

Sunday, March 9th 2014

is this correct “were you going to eco today’? Thanks.

Sunday, March 9th 2014

it’s been 4days and i haven’t been answered since then. :(

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

THIS IS THE BEST LESSON IN ENGVID.COM I WAS LOOKING FOR THIS LESSON SINCE LONG TIME. THANK YOU ALL OF YOU WHO IS MAKING THIS FREE TRUSTFUL LESSONS. I LOVE ENGLISH

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

thank you so much rebbeca i want to pass atoefl test and iam not good enough in english, i really require your assistance

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

thank you so much rebbeca i want to pass toefl test and iam not good enough in english, i really require your assistance

Saturday, March 22nd 2014

Thank you very much

Friday, April 4th 2014

Excellent lesson !!!
Thanks.

Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Hi Rebecca, Can you recommened a book about business english? e.g. email, report, presentation,……

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

Hi Rebecca! Thanks

Friday, May 23rd 2014

Thank you very much Rebecca! It’s really very helpful lesson! I’m appreciate it!

Wednesday, May 28th 2014

Thank you, it’s very helpful.

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Great job miss rebecca, Thank you so much i got 90. God bless…

Thursday, June 12th 2014

Hi Rebecca.

Many thanks for this lesson. it’s is very important for me. 9/10.

Friday, June 27th 2014

I have got 10. Thank you. Your clear pronounciation help me to understand entire lesson

Sunday, June 29th 2014

Hi,Rebecca. I am a new viewer on engVid. I really like your short but very useful lessons.
Great is your teaching way. You are a very kind person. I am looking forward to dealing with your following lectures. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Hi everybody! Is there someone who wants practice in English with me? My skype name is
shelter9991. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

100% Thanks <3

Thursday, August 21st 2014

Hi, Rebecca. Your pronunciation is so perfect that I can understand every word that you say. I wish to have such pronunciation. Thank you very much.

Sunday, September 7th 2014

I couln’t agree more: another great lesson…

Monday, October 20th 2014

Hi Rebecca,
The teacher is very special and very helpful,

I would like to ask, please:
You learned that the word NEED can replace the word REQUIRE
It’s not different words?
When I ask for help I use NEED it more polite word,
REQUIRE is more requires, demanding, is not it?

Saturday, October 25th 2014

very useful

Friday, November 21st 2014

Thanx Rebecca

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

thanks a lot it was very useful for me …

Sunday, December 14th 2014

thanks a lot for this,but please give more example.
my big porblem is in tense, help me.

Wednesday, December 17th 2014

tks Rebecca. Merry Christmas.

Monday, December 22nd 2014

Dear Mr. Rebecca,
Thanks for such a excellent class. I learned many thing form your classes and other Engivid Staffs, thats really helping in my every day life.

Friday, December 26th 2014

Really helpful. Thanks, Rebecca.
9/10

Monday, January 12th 2015

That’s very useful topic. Thank you, Rebecca!
9/10

Wednesday, January 28th 2015

Thanks, I was confused earlier. Now I understand the difference of basic and business English.

Saturday, February 7th 2015

You’re awesome! Thank you!

Friday, February 13th 2015

Excellent! Thanks lot for this opportunity to learn english.

Saturday, February 21st 2015

this lesson has been helped me a lot at work, mainly when I have to communicate with my colleagues.

Saturday, February 28th 2015

Thanks and more understanding formal business English. Very useful.

Sunday, March 1st 2015

Dear Rebecca,
I have informed my friends that on your site engVid, we learn some higher-level expressions for use in professional or formal situations. Thank to you to expand our knowledge of English language.
Best regards.

Friday, March 6th 2015

thanks

Saturday, March 7th 2015

thankyou Rebecca

Tuesday, March 10th 2015

The last one is weird, I mean “being awarded” instead “receive”. It’s a tricky one). So 9/10

Thank you Rebecca your diction is brilliant.

Thursday, March 12th 2015

Excellent topic…Good tips to talk and let a good impression for the Boss.Hahaha!!

Friday, March 13th 2015

Hi Rebecca.
I am writing comments all the time, but till the moment I didn’t receive any answers from you. and its really interesting to know your opinion. so, I would like to know what do you think if I got 5 answers correct out of 10 in the ( d,ed, id) ending words exercise ,while without watching the video above, I got all the answers correct.so, how would you evaluate my English??
Best wishes.
Amer

Sunday, March 15th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
It’s very useful for me. So great!
Thanks a lot.

Friday, March 20th 2015

thanks! Now I can be aware of these expressions and use the more business like words

Thursday, March 26th 2015

Thanks, every time. This class is very useful!!

Monday, March 30th 2015

wrong number 10
my quiz rebecca:
90
You got 9 correct out of 10.
:)

Monday, April 20th 2015

Hello teacher Rebecca,
thanks for your useful video,
i have a question would it be possible to say “could you clarify on your proposal ?”
cause I’d heard that clarify is the formal way in talk more. could you explain what’s the different between clarify and elaborate?
thanks

Monday, May 11th 2015

thank you very much teacher Rebecca i now started to understand English language through your proper method, while i got 10/10 in my quiz
so i have to say: thank you again

Saturday, May 16th 2015

Thank You

Monday, May 25th 2015

I got 90%, it’s very helpful to me. Thanks, Rebecca.

Monday, June 15th 2015

thank you very much teacher

Tuesday, June 30th 2015

this is amazing, thank you very much Rebecca!

Saturday, July 18th 2015

I really got surprised seeing my score now I’m getting used to know new new words Since I never and ever got this much mark in English Subject but here it’s happening and didn’t know new words now I do feel Much more happy learning new new words than something i was before…
by God grace I’ve got Rebecca…And I feel Good!

Sunday, August 16th 2015

Excellent!!!

Wednesday, August 26th 2015

a lot thanks¡¡

Saturday, December 5th 2015

Thanks so much my dear and admired professor by so useful lesson, i got 10 out 10, it’s always a pleasure to watch your class, i learn even more than your goal, i say it because you handle value vocabulary and phrases that are useful in our personal, academic and professional life and for that i may appreciate them in the best way.
Thanks again!

Saturday, December 19th 2015

Gracias Teacher¡¡..sorry..thanks teacher¡¡

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015

Thank u,. very impressive

Saturday, December 26th 2015

10/10

Sunday, December 27th 2015

Great lesson. Thank you!

Thursday, January 7th 2016

I got 9 corrects. Many thanks, Rebeca-san.

Thursday, April 7th 2016

Just one thing : Fantastic

Friday, April 22nd 2016

Very helpful lesson. Thank you, Rebecca, for your dedication.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Thank you so much.

Friday, August 19th 2016

Thank you for your lesson.

Wednesday, September 28th 2016
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