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    Question Punctuating an email?

    Hi,
    Would someone tell me if this email is correctly punctuared?

    Dear James,
    Good morning.

    Please call me when you can.

    All the best,
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    And should I place a period after the name at the end or not?

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    Default Re: Punctuating an email?





    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Hi,



    Would someone tell me if this email is correctly punctuared punctuated?
    And should I place a period after the name at the end or not?

    Thanks :)



    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    No, it needs no period/full stop.

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Oct-2012 at 22:32.

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    Default Re: Punctuating an email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Dear James,
    Good morning.

    Please call me when you can.

    All the best,
    Ducket Cat
    With an e-mail this short, consider:
    Good morning, James.

    Please call me as soon as you can.

    Thanks,
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    Why do some people write their names in bold letters at the end of mails/letters? Do they intend to draw others' attention?
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    Default Re: Punctuating an email?

    'Barb' is not in bold.

    'Barb' is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'Barb' is not in bold.

    'Barb' is.
    I don't mean Barb, teacher. However, I receive some mails being ended in bold names.
    Last edited by 5jj; 18-Oct-2012 at 17:18. Reason: some space removed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I don't mean Barb, teacher. However, I receive some mails being ended in bold names.
    NOT A TEACHER

    I have never seen it.

    By the way, something's wrong with the format of your messages. There's too much unnecessary space.

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    Default Re: Punctuating an email?

    Some Asian writers use bold or capitals to indicate which is their surname as they would generally use the opposite order from English, and want to avoid the confusion about whether they're using their system or ours.

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    Default Re: Punctuating an email?

    If someone put their name in bold at the end of an email, I would assume that they were making sure that I understood that the email had come from them, not someone else, and also probably to ensure that I replied to the correct person. It's possible to send an email from a generic email address (ie info @ thomson dot com) but the email itself will have been written by an individual. Perhaps that individual wants any reply sent either direct to them or for their attention.

    In general, though, it's not a standard thing to do and I have never received an email from someone who put their name in bold at the end. As far as I'm concerned, in BrE, it doesn't specifically mean anything.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Oct-2012 at 20:18.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Punctuating an email?

    Thank you all :)

    Why would I write:
    Good morning, James.
    And not
    Good morning James,
    regarding the bold font thing. I noticed that in French they write the sir name always in capital letters:
    Philip LEGRAND.
    Not sure why though.

    Thanks again.

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