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    Dear teachers.
    I know that English-speaking people at first say "Hello, XX. This is YY speaking." on phone calls.
    Do you write "Hello, XX. This is YY writing." as well on e-mail letters?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by BJI-World_Peace; 08-Jan-2011 at 03:24.

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    Re: email

    Quote Originally Posted by BJI-World_Peace View Post
    Dear teachers.
    I know that Eglish-speaking people at first say "Hello, XX. This is YY speaking." on phone calls.
    Do you write "Hello, XX. This is YY writing." as well on e-mail letters?
    Thank you.
    Usually each email contains a line called "Subject" where you write what's the purpose of your message. For example, if I want to ask my friend how he has spent his summer holidays I will write "Summer holidays" in the letter title. However the body of a letter usually starts with some greeting like "Hello Michael" or "Hi Julie" (I'm not sure about the comma). There is no need, in a letter to your friend, to say who the author of the words is because it's clear that you are. But if you're applying to someone for the first time and/or want them to know precisely who has written the letter, you could say something like "It's Mr. Adam Smith writing to you in order to find out why my documents have not yet been processed and sent back to me". Another option "It's Mr. Frank Terry and I'd like to know why the airplane last Friday was cancelled".

    I hope this will help.

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    Re: email

    Hello BJ,

    No, you wouldn't write that.

    Usually emails are self-identifying, unlike phone calls.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: email

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post

    Usually emails are self-identifying, unlike phone calls.


    That's right. You'd have to go to some trouble to send an anonymous email.

    Occasionally I send an email through my wife's address, as it's simpler to do so.

    When I do that, I say 'Hi, Penny. Ken here, using Mabel's email'.

    (Names have been changed to protect the guilty.)

    Rover

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    Re: email

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    That's right. You'd have to go to some trouble to send an anonymous email.

    Occasionally I send an email through my wife's address, as it's simpler to do so.

    When I do that, I say 'Hi, Penny. Ken here, using Mabel's email'.

    (Names have been changed to protect the guilty.)

    Rover
    Yes, I forgot to mention that when you are using someone else's resources you'd better name yourself so that the recipient won't be confused. This works not only for emails, but phone calls and many other things as well. For example, if my parents were waiting a phone call from me and my batteries got dead, I'd ask someone else to give me their cell phone to make a call. In this case I'd first tell my parents what's happened to my phone and why I'm using another one now.

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    Re: email

    I'm sorry for writing the following questions here, but I can't find any information in the forum and that's the reason why I've decided to post it here: Is there any private message system by means of which forum members can exchange messages in private like in many other forums? How can I find out a person's email if I want to write to him?

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    Re: email

    Hello Milan,

    Click on a user's name, in a post, and you may get a drop-down menu which includes a PM facility.

    Unfortunately I can't remember if this is available to all users, however, or only to those who have accrued a certain number of posts.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: email

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Milan,

    Click on a user's name, in a post, and you may get a drop-down menu which includes a PM facility.

    Unfortunately I can't remember if this is available to all users, however, or only to those who have accrued a certain number of posts.

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    Right!!! I see that now. I didn't see that before because the total number of posts was less than required to use this facility. Now I've noticed it.

    Thanks again!!!

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