Posted by: tonyteaching | September 14, 2013

E-MAIL Words, Phrases, & Sentences


Dear Mr ….
Dear Ms …..
Dear Sir
Dear Sirs
Dear Madam
Dear Sir or Madam


Very formal
“Might I take a moment of your time…”
“Please may I introduce myself…”
“Many thanks again for your time.”
We are writing to inform you that … / to confirm …/ to request …/ to enquire about …
I would be interested in (obtaining/receiving) …
I received your address from … and would like to …
I am writing to tell you about …

More informal/friendly
“I’m just emailing to ask…” (to begin the email)
“I’m a friend of Bob’s…” (to begin the email)
I am contacting you for the following reason.
I recently read/heard about . . . and would like to know . . .
Having seen your advertisement in … , I would like to …


My resume and a cover letter are attached.
I have attached my resume and a cover letter.

“Just let me know if you have any questions.” (to end the email)
“Drop me an email, or give me a ring, if you want any more information.” (to end the email)
Sincerely / Yours sincerely / Sincerely yours, (for all customers/clients)
Regards, (for those you already know and/or with whom you already have a working relationship.)

When you’ve answered someone’s question(s)
Very formal
“I trust the above resolves your queries. Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.”
• More informal/friendly
“I know that’s a lot to take in, so let me know if anything I’ve said doesn’t make sense.”
“Hope the above helps, but email again if you’re still having any difficulties.”

When you’re making a request
Very formal
“I would appreciate your help in this matter.”
I would be grateful if you could…
More informal/friendly
“Could you look into this?”
“Would you mind checking it out for me?”
“Thanks in advance.”
“Can you get back to me once you’ve had a chance to investigate?”
“I’d love to hear your advice on this one.”
Could you please send me . . .
Could you possibly tell us/let us have…
It would be helpful if you could send us …
I am interested in (obtaining/receiving…)
Please let me know what action you propose to take.

When you need a response (but not necessarily any action taking)
Very formal
“I await a response at your earliest convenience.”
More informal/friendly
“Can you drop me a quick word so I know you’ve received this?”
“Look forward to hearing from you.”

Giving good news
We are pleased to announce that …
I am delighted to inform you that …
You will be pleased to learn that …

Giving bad news
We regret to inform you that …
I’m afraid it would not be possible to …
Unfortunately we cannot/we are unable to …
After careful consideration we have decided (not) to …

When you’ve heard nothing back and want to chase up a reply
Very formal
“In reference to my email of June 20th …”
More informal/friendly
“Just wondered if you got my email (June 20th)?”
“When you get a moment, could you drop me a line about my last email?”

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with …
I am writing to complain about …
Please note that the goods we ordered on (date) have not yet arrived.
We regret to inform you that our order n°— is now considerably overdue.
I would like to query the transport charges which seem unusually high.

We are sorry for the delay in replying …
I regret any inconvenience caused
I would like to apologize for (the delay/the inconvenience) …
Once again, I apologise for any inconvenience.

Looking forward to a Reply
Looking forward to hearing from you
I would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.
An early reply would be appreciated.

Referring to the future Cooperation
We look forward to a successful working relationship in the future
We would be (very) pleased to do business with your company.
I would be happy to have an opportunity to work with your firm.
I look forward to seeing you next week
I look forward to meeting you on the 15th


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