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    #1

    Please see my short email.

    I've got an email from a person I work with. She is suggesting that I should finish proofreading a file and send it back to her within 3 weeks. This is my answer. Could you check this?

    "Hi ****,

    Thanks for the file, which looks very neat. Three weeks is fine with me. I'll send you the pdf file with my notes by the end of the month. Is it okay with you?

    Warm regards,
    ****"

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    #2

    Re: Please see my short email.

    It looks fine to me. (You get three weeks? (It must be a really, really long file.))


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    #3

    Re: Please see my short email.

    Yes, it's quite a big file. Thanks, Tarheel!

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    #4

    Re: Please see my short email.

    "which looks very neat" sounds a little childish.
    You could just say "Thanks for sending the file."
    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.

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    #5

    Re: Please see my short email.

    I thought you meant "tidy" when you said "neat". In BrE, we still don't connect the word "neat" with "cool/groovy/great"!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Please see my short email.

    I didn't give a second thought to neat. In the present context it means (to me) well-arranged or tidy.


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    #7

    Re: Please see my short email.

    I can't decide which is stranger, telling the sender that their file looks tidy or that it looks cool. I think the upshot is that telling them it looks neat (regardless of the meaning) is unnecessary. I also assumed that it was a computer file, not a physical file. I would be unlikely to describe either of those as neat.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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