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Would someone tell me if this email is correctly punctuared?
And should I place a period after the name at the end or not?Dear James,
Please call me when you can.
All the best,
Last edited by Rover_KE; 17-Oct-2012 at 23:32.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Last edited by 5jj; 18-Oct-2012 at 18:19. Reason: some space removed
'Barb' is not in bold.
Last edited by 5jj; 18-Oct-2012 at 18:18. Reason: some space removed
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.
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 21:18.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Thank you all :)
Why would I write:
And notGood morning, James.
regarding the bold font thing. I noticed that in French they write the sir name always in capital letters:Good morning James,
Not sure why though.