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    Share an E-mail

    Hi.
    A friend of mine didn't have the E-mail address of one of our common friends and wanted to speak to both of us about a common subject,so sent me an E-mail and addressed (spoke to) both of us in his writing and placed the names of our common friend and me at the title of his E-mail.
    He asked me to forward this E-mail to our common friend , so I did.
    In response to him I wrote "I shared your E-mail with our common friend".
    Have I written the right sentence?.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Share an E-mail

    It would be more natural to say "I forwarded your email to Name​".
    Last edited by Piscean; 27-May-2016 at 17:41. Reason: typo

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    Re: Share an E-mail

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It would be more natural to say "I forwarded you email to Name​".
    Hi.
    Thank you.
    I think you meant " your email".
    Would you please let me know that I simply didn't use a better " more natural" choice or I used wrong "unnatural" choice by using "shared" istead of "forwarded"?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hm46 View Post
    I think you meant " your email".
    Yes. Sorry
    Would you please let me know that I simply didn't use a better " more natural" choice or I used wrong "unnatural" choice by using "shared" istead of "forwarded"?.
    'Shared' seems unnatural to me in that context.

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    Re: Share an E-mail

    I agree. If the person simply mentioned mutual friends or events or topics that your mutual friend would be interested in, and you sent it along because you thought the mutual friend would be interested, you've shared it with him.

    In this case, the specific understanding is that you would forward it.

    Even so, the less natural part is not using "shared" instead of "forwarded" -- it's saying "our common friend" instead of "Jean" or "Michael."
    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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    Re: Share an E-mail

    Thank you for correcting me about "mutual friend" instead of "common friend".
    The link "http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common"reads as below.
    2-a: belonging to or shared by two or more individuals or things or by all members of a group <a common friend><buried in a common grave>.
    anyhow it seems "mutual" is the better word for this subject.
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    Re: Share an E-mail

    Despite M-W's example of 'common friend', I would never use it.

    Barb's 'mutual friend' is far better these days. [link]

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