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    em ail

    is email countable?

    can we exchange email?
    can we exchange emails?

    im sorry i sent you email
    im sorry i sent you an email

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    Re: em ail

    Here's my favourite answer to that question. It's taken from The Virtual Tutor:

    We are witnessing the introduction of a new word into the English language, and it may take some more time for its use to be agreed upon by everyone who uses it. In my experience, "electronic mail" has gone from E-mail to e-mail to email, and it is regularly used as a countable noun. The fact that "mail" is still a noncount noun does not seem to affect "email" at all. I think this is because with mail, we say "letter" to talk about an individual unit, but with email, we don't have a word for an individual unit. "Message" became confused with phone or voice mail messages, and no one used e-letter, so email has become the count noun. I predict that the shortest spelling (email) will soon be the standard. I hope this answers your question.

    In short, it's treated as a countable noun and as a non-countable noun. You have a choice. How do the people around you use it?

    All the best.

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    Re: em ail

    In the IT business, even plain 'mail' has become countable, and always means e-mail: 'About those sales figures - I'll send you a mail.'

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    Re: em ail

    I have seen some oppostion to the countable usage from American speakers; maybe other speakers who don't use 'mail' can use 'email' countably more readily.

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    Re: em ail

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I have seen some oppostion to the countable usage from American speakers;
    Then we just won't send than a mail.

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    Re: em ail

    And I've never heard any objection to people making 'a post' or 'posts' in a forum.

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    Re: em ail

    Then we just won't send than a mail.
    I don't get the meaning of this scentence

    Does it mean;

    Then we will send 'only one' mail?

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    Re: em ail

    Quote Originally Posted by Miner49'er View Post
    I don't get the meaning of this scentence

    Does it mean;

    Then we will send 'only one' mail?
    Then we won't send them an email.
    (Uhm, it was...Chinese New Year last night.)

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    Re: em ail

    I see, no problem Casiopea

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