“Make your purpose clear early on in the email, and then move into the main text of your email. Remember, people want to read emails quickly, so keep your sentences short and clear. You’ll also need to pay careful attention to grammar, spelling and punctuation so that you present a professional image of yourself and your company.” – Wil
Choose the best option
Although an email have to be concise and to the point, you may start with an opening sentence that can be used as a friendly greeting. Here are some examples:
• “I trust all is well with you.”
• “Thank you for your prompt reply.”
However, especially in a more formal email it is better to get straight to the reason for the email. Try and restrict the email to a maximum of four paragraphs with each paragraph containing a specific
point. It is also important to ask questions in order to request an answer. You could also add a CTA (call to action) sentence or a “thank you” at the end of your
last paragraph, depending on the type of email.
• “Thank you for your …”
• “Thank you for reading my email. I look forward to hearing from you.”
• “Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.”
• “It would be appreciated if this could be taken care of promptly.”
Have a look at this PDF from Oxford University Press for more details on formal and informal emails.
Useful phrases and vocabulary
“Thank you for your email.”, “In reply to your email, here are …”, “I am writing to …” (clarify, confirm, inform you, follow up on, let you know, reply to, request, to tell you, thank you, update you)
“I am attaching …”, “I have attached …”, “Please find attached …”, “I am sending you the ……….. as an attachment”.
“I am writing to set up/arrange …”, “Where should we meet?” “Should I pick you up at/from …?”, “Could you collect me at …?”, “I would like to confirm …”, “Please let me know by this evening to confirm this.”, I am sorry but I can not …”, “This is to let you know that I have had to put off the…”, “I am afraid that I can not manage Friday.”
“We regret to inform you…”, ” I am sorry, but …”, “We are not happy with …” I was disappointed to hear …”, “I am afraid that …”, Unfortunately, ….”, I am writing to complain …”,
“I do apologise for the delay in replying.”, “Sorry for the delay in getting back to you.”, “I am afraid that I can not help …”, “We must apologise for …”, We deeply regret …”, “My sincere apologies.”, “We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”, “Please accept our apologies.”
“I look forward to hearing from you.”, “Looking forward to your reply.”, “I would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience.”, Do not hesitate to contact us should you need any assistance.”, Please let us know if you need anything else.”