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    Post Follow up with my previous Request For Letter Of Recommendation

    My professor hasn't responded to my previous email, so I am writing another email to follow up.

    Subject line: Follow up with my previous Request For Letter Of Recommendation

    Dear Dr. XXXXXXX,

    Hope you are doing well.

    This is XXXXXXX (XXXXXX, from Hong Kong). I was wondering if you have had a chance to look at my e-mail about my request for a letter of recommendation.

    If you do not feel comfortable writing me a strong letter of recommendation, please do not feel obligated to say yes. I completely understand.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider my request.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Yours sincerely,

    XXXXXXXX


    Is a correct subject line? Is there anything that I can add to this email to make it sound more professional and polite?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 27-Oct-2020 at 11:01. Reason: Removed multiple unnecessary line breaks.

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    Re: Follow up with my previous Request For Letter Of Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by theol View Post
    My professor hasn't responded to my previous email, so I am writing another email to follow up.

    Subject line: Follow-up to my previous request for letter of recommendation

    Dear Dr. XXXXXXX,

    I hope you are doing well.

    This is XXXXXXX (XXXXXX, from Hong Kong).

    Put your name at the end, not the beginning.


    [/STRIKE] Have you had a chance to look at my e-mail about my request for a letter of recommendation?

    If you do not feel comfortable writing me a strong letter of recommendation, please do not feel obliged to say yes. I completely understand.

    Thank you for taking the time to consider a recommendation.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Yours sincerely,

    XXXXXXXX

    Is a correct subject line?

    You had too many capital letters.


    Is there anything that I can add to this email to make it sound more professional and polite?

    It's polite. The third and fourth sentences ("If you do not feel comfortable . . . . I completely understand") do NOT sound professional. The sound highly unprofessional. I would delete them.


    Thanks in advance.
    You're welcome!
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 30-Oct-2020 at 03:53.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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