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    Default Re: all being well

    In a BrE email, I would have put the phrase at the beginning of the sentence and I think I would have used it in a slightly different way.

    Everything is ready to be sent out. All being well, all staff will have the email by the end of today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Well, there you go! Go ahead and use it in BrE business e-mails, but not in American ones.
    (Here we'd say "God willin' and the creeks don't rise.")

    (Well, not really, thought I have on e-mails to people at work that I have a friendly relatinoship with.)
    'All being well' is an absolute phrase that can be tacked on either at the beginning or the end of a sentence (and sometimes in the middle - given the right punctuation! 'God willing' is another - a bit like inshallah, for people whose God is Allah. There are others - such as 'weather permitting' and 'other things being equal' (which is much neater in Latin: ceteris paribus).


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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'All being well' is an absolute phrase that can be tacked on either at the beginning or the end of a sentence (and sometimes in the middle - given the right punctuation! 'God willing' is another - a bit like inshallah, for people whose God is Allah. There are others - such as 'weather permitting' and 'other things being equal' (which is much neater in Latin: ceteris paribus).


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    I was about to start another message with "In BrE, that would be ..." and then I realised that BobK is a BrE speaker! I've never heard or used "Other things being equal ...", only "All things being equal ..."
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    Default Re: all being well

    Yours is probably the one most used. The 'other things...' version came to mind because of ceteris (as in 'etcetera').

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