The ABCs of Writing Effective Business Emails in English

Emails are probably the most common way that business people communicate today.  Gone are the days when managers, managing attorneys, and executives spent significant chunks of time dictating letters to their secretaries. Many just send a quick text or email instead. The problem is that when English is not their “mother tongue” writing effective emails in English can pose a challenge. People actually “fear” writing emails in English when English is not their mother tongue. You can get over your fear of writing English emails if you follow certain rules.

There are definitely unspoken rules for writing and sending emails and otherwise interacting on the Internet. First of all, you have to realize that there are two types of emails that you can send in a Professional context: formal and informal emails. The rules for each types are different. For example: never put an “emoticon” in a formal business email; and always have a subject line for formal emails. On the other hand, in informal emails, be free to use émoticons and omit the subject line if you wish. The point is to know the difference. A lot will depend on the purpose of your email.  Some people call this “Netiquette.”  And speaking of netiquette, it helps to know email vocabulary for both formal and informal emails. Below are 26 tips for writing effective business emails. You can call it the ABCs of Writing Effective Business Emails In English.

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