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    5 38.46%
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    Someone posted that it was uncountable only, which I don't agree with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Someone posted that it was uncountable only, which I don't agree with.
    As I see it used, it is countable. :wink:

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    Definitely countable. Example:
    • I sent several emails today.


    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Definitely countable. Example:
    • I sent several emails today.


    :)
    Now, that's a good question and one I've often asked myself.
    Email is short for electronic mail. So it's a kind of mail. Mail is considered uncountable, isn't it?

    I received many pieces of mail. / I received much mail.
    I received many e-mail messages. I sent a lot of e-mail.

    I'd say that e-mail is uncountable but that it's "acceptable in informal English" to say e-mails because a lot of people do it.

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    I see no need for it to follow the example of mail. I can count them in my inbox- I'd never heard this argument- in BE, it's fine in the most formal language.

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    Yoah. I also can count my mails in my box. Today I've already received exactly 37 emails. :o

    8)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Email is short for electronic mail. So it's a kind of mail. Mail is considered uncountable, isn't it?

    I received many pieces of mail. / I received much mail.
    I received many e-mail messages. I sent a lot of e-mail.

    I'd say that e-mail is uncountable but that it's "acceptable in informal English" to say e-mails because a lot of people do it.
    We don't use the word 'mail' in BE, which might make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    I'm with Icyborg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Email is short for electronic mail. So it's a kind of mail. Mail is considered uncountable, isn't it?

    I received many pieces of mail. / I received much mail.
    I received many e-mail messages. I sent a lot of e-mail.

    I'd say that e-mail is uncountable but that it's "acceptable in informal English" to say e-mails because a lot of people do it.
    We don't use the word 'mail' in BE, which might make a difference.
    I didn't know that. What do you say? Letters, parcels, etc.?

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