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    Email writing

    If we don't know the recipient's name, is it okay to leave it out? If yes, is it necessary to include the closing as we dunno the recipient's name?

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    Re: Email writing

    Quote Originally Posted by yslamac View Post
    If we don't know the recipient's name, is it okay to leave it out? If yes, is it necessary to include the closing as we don't know the recipient's name?
    If you don't know it, how are you going to include it?

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    Re: Email writing

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If you don't know it, how are you going to include it?
    I mean complimentary close, my English sucks, sorry

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    Re: Email writing

    With a letter, if you know the recipient's name then you address the letter "Dear Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms + surname" and finish with "Yours faithfully". If you don't know the name, then you address it "Dear Sir/Madam" or similar and you end it with "Yours sincerely".

    Email construction is not quite so clear-cut although if it is a formal email (ie before email existed, it would have been a formal written letter), I would follow the same pattern.

    If it's a relatively informal email and you don't know the recipient's name, you could just start with "Hi" or "Good morning/afternoon/evening", or just go straight into the body of your message. In that case, no formal closing is required, just your name.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Email writing

    Quote Originally Posted by yslamac View Post
    If we don't know the recipient's name, is it okay to leave it out? If yes, is it necessary to include the closing as we dunno the recipient's name?
    I wouldn't say your English sucks, but "dunno"???
    Peter
    (I'm not a teacher or a native English speaker. I'm just trying to help...)

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    Re: Email writing

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterValk View Post
    I wouldn't say your English sucks, but "dunno"???
    It's a common enough non-standard word. We see it on the forum a lot especially from learners who are used to seeing textspeak/chatlish or other non-standard forms. It's up there with "wanna" and "gonna".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Email writing

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's a common enough non-standard word. We see it on the forum a lot especially from learners who are used to seeing textspeak/chatlish or other non-standard forms. It's up there with "wanna" and "gonna".
    Yes, but I don't think we should encourage the learners to use those words on this forum.

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    Re: Email writing

    It's a common enough non-standard word. We see it on the forum a lot especially from learners who are used to seeing textspeak/chatlish or other non-standard forms. It's up there with "wanna" and "gonna".
    ...and just as strongly frowned upon here, where standard English is insisted on.

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    #9

    Re: Email writing

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, but I don't think we should encourage the learners to use those words on this forum.
    No-one encouraged it. Bhaisahab clearly corrected it (in red in the quote box) to "don't know" in post #2. I saw no need to bring it up again.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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