When I want to thank someone for an email they sent, besides saying thanks for 'your' email- can I say
Thanks for email (without adding an article)
Thanks for the email?
I recieved an email before starting with 'Thanks for email and I was wondering if the sender forgot the article or that's just common.
You should put the article there if you are going to say Thanks for (your) email! To leave out the article is an obvious sign that English isn't your first language. Otherwise I think Thanks for the email sounds more natural, at least from an American standpoint, I'm not sure about those in the UK or other places.
"Thanks for the email" might sound a little off-hand; it would probably be safer to say "thanks/thank you for your email".
"Thanks for email" might be typed by someone in a hurry, either by mistake, or as a kind of telegraphese. If the latter, probably a friend wouldn't object; but in a business context, the recipient might be a little surprised.
It is common, especially in "electronic speech," to shorten sentences by eliminating words that are not essential to the meaning.
Thanks for replies.. Just Kidding.
Thank you for your replies. I realize the correct Gramatical form is thanks for the email or thanks for your email.
The thing is, that friend of mine from the UK sent me replies starting with 'thanks for email' more than once. It got me confused, I thought that might be some sort of colloquial english or something. It would have been awkward to ask her why she didn't add any articles :)
PS:Sirwaik, yes english isn't my first language. I wouldn't be asking if it was ;)
Last edited by Genevieve8; 30-Aug-2006 at 22:42.
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