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In English and in French, making mistakes or using clumsy wording in an e-mail is the assurance of white cabbage. Here are five sentences that will make you look like a real english-speaker – at least virtually.

  1. I hope this email finds you well.

A sober and idiomatic introduction formula that works every time. The sender inquires about the health of his interlocutor without doing too much. A classic of politeness online.

2. Keep me in the loop.

A very used expression in the professional world to ask someone to keep you informed on this or that topic. On a rather relaxed level of language, however, it is not advisable if you address a superior or if it is a "cold e-mail" (if it is the first time that you contact this nobody).

3. Please find attached (enclosed for a postal mail) my resume / the file you asked for.

A must for any internship or job application!

4. I look forward to hearing from you.

A traditional way of telling your caller that you expect an answer from him. Grammar Alert: The verb form "look forward to" is always followed by a verb in -ING.

5. Should you have any questions, feel free to call me.

"Should you …"Is an idiomatic phrase that can be translated as" in case of "and can be used in different contexts. With "feel free to …"(" Do not hesitate to … "), you will put your interlocutor a little more comfortable and create the conditions for an exchange.

6. I'll get back to you on that.

Another classic. This is to say that you will come back to your interlocutor with more information.

7. Shoot him an email.

Why say "send him / her an email" when you can use the verb (a bit violent, certainly) "shoot". He is more familiar than "send".

8. I'm moving x to bcc

You want to signify to the other party that you are passing a copy recipient in bcc, this is the expression to use.


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