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    Omitting "I" when starting email?

    Hi all,

    Due to the strict sentence order in English one often comes into the situation of having to write something like

    Dear Martin,
    I am wondering whether next Monday ...
    .

    Am curious whether it is possible to simple omit the "I" at the beginning of a not super formal email and just to start with

    Dear Martin,
    Am wondering whether next Monday ...
    instead.

    What are your thoughts about this construction?

    Tom

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    Re: Omitting "I" when starting email?

    It would be OK in an informal email- people do that sort of thing to save typing. You could also start with Wondering....

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    Re: Omitting "I" when starting email?

    Thanks a lot for your help Tdol! In fact German people (like me) get told in school that one should never start a letter with I as it sounds very egocentric. I know that at least Americans don't have such a problem with that ... but I still have ;) So its great to know now I can avoid it (at least in informal emails) :)

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    Re: Omitting "I" when starting email?

    Well, you can do it when writing to Tdol. I'd find it very irritating if someone kept sending me emails like that.
    I'd also find it very irritating if you made a habit of writing "Am curious..." in your posts.
    Beginning a letter with 'I' carries no stigma in English.

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    Re: Omitting "I" when starting email?

    Quote Originally Posted by limatan View Post
    In fact German people (like me) get told in school that one should never start a letter with I as it sounds very egocentric.
    I am writing to is a common opening to letters in English, so there's nothing wrong with using I.

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    Re: Omitting "I" when starting email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Well, you can do it when writing to Tdol. I'd find it very irritating if someone kept sending me emails like that.
    I'd also find it very irritating if you made a habit of writing "Am curious..." in your posts.
    Beginning a letter with 'I' carries no stigma in English.
    I agree it carries no stigma. But I often prefer to omit the "I" in casual conversations with close friends. No good reason, just a question of style, or more correctly, fashion.

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