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I'm correcting a letter that one of my business students has to send to another company and he wrote "I'm writing you about...". I know I've heard this many times and it actually sounds good but, isn't "I'm writing to you about..." better? Please help!
Last edited by marisa1rodriguez; 30-Oct-2007 at 10:30. Reason: misspelling
Check it out (type in 'write', and check the paragraph dealing with 'A LETTER'):
Possible entries for 'write'
Marisa, ask one of the American members...I'm sure I'm right here!
Well either way.
I find the phrase horrible whether you omit the word to or not.
I much prefer to say I write. As much as the two things are fundamentally the same thing, saying I am writing just seems to me like a statement of the obvious - that is, you are obviously writing, why bother stating it?
The letter is a formal business letter, so it must be "I am writing to you". "Writing you" is colloquial and informal.
You should not use either version. As someone else has written, when I receive a letter starting "I'm writing to you about ....." I just think how unimaginative and lazy. As my English teacher used to say, never state the obvious. Obviously you're writing to me because I have the letter here in my hand!
As an alternative, just say what you want without this superfluous preamble.
"I wish to introduce myself ........" not "Iím writing to introduce myself ......."
Hope this helps
The thing is that we are tought to do it in that way. All of my books say that the way to start a formal letter is saying:"I am writing to you in order to/ in connection with/ regarding/ about your/to apply for/ to ask about, etc..