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    "I hope this note found you well."

    "I hope this note found you well."

    My friend emailed me starting with the above greeting.

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    1) Are the grammar and structure right, any improvement I can make?

    2) Is it a formal or informal expression to replace "How are you?"

    3) Can I greet ones I don't know well with the above greeting?


    Tks / ju

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    Re: "I hope this note found you well."

    Hello,

    It would be better if the note 'finds you well', as you're still well as you read it.

    It could be seen by some as a bit stiff, but it's a style thing. Not everyone can say 'cool' and be cool while doing so. Chalk and cheese as they say.

    Yes, but see above point.


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    Re: "I hope this note found you well."

    Quote Originally Posted by Copy-editor View Post
    Hello,

    It would be better if the note 'finds you well', as you're still well as you read it.

    It could be seen by some as a bit stiff, but it's a style thing. Not everyone can say 'cool' and be cool while doing so. Chalk and cheese as they say.

    Yes, but see above point.


    [Ex-teacher]
    Thanks for you prompt reply.

    Can you explain what did you mean by saying 'Chalk and cheese as they say'.

    Tks / ju

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    Re: "I hope this note found you well."

    swings and roundabouts -- :)

    It's a matter of choice.

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    Re: "I hope this note found you well."

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    "I hope this note found you well."

    My friend emailed me starting with the above greeting.

    Questions

    1) Are the grammar and structure right, any improvement I can make?

    2) Is it a formal or informal expression to replace "How are you?"

    3) Can I greet ones I don't know well with the above greeting?


    Tks / ju
    "I hope this letter finds you well" is probably outdated, and a little formal.
    You could probably use it for a friend who is often sick, or for someone convalescing, or for an old person.

    It's also a line found in letters, and on birthday cards from people you haven't heard from in a while, but it's normally more casually expressed as, "Hope you are well".

    Dear X,
    I haven't heard from you in a while - hope you are well.
    Let me tell you some of my news ...

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