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    theol is offline Junior Member
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    by any chance / had a chance

    I am emailing my professor to see if he read my previous email.

    1. I was wondering if you have had a chance to look at my e-mail?

    2. I was wondering if you have read my my e-mail by any chance?

    Which one is correct in a polite and formal way?

    Is there a better way to write it out?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: by any chance / had a chance

    #1 is OK.
    #2 does not work.
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    Re: by any chance / had a chance

    I wouldn't use a question mark.

    'I was wondering if ...' doesn't preface a question.

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    Re: by any chance / had a chance

    If you want to use "by any chance", put it in the middle.

    I'm wondering if, by any chance, you have read my email.
    I was wondering if, by any chance, you had read my email.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: by any chance / had a chance

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you want to use "by any chance", put it in the middle.

    I'm wondering if, by any chance, you have read my email.
    I was wondering if, by any chance, you had read my email.
    It's better without "by any chance", to me anyway. Including that phrase can make it sound a little hostile.
    I am not a teacher.

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