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5 useful email expressions

February 28, 2020


Hi. My name is Emma, and today we are going to
look at some very useful email expressions. So we’re going to look at five in total, and
these email expressions can be used in formal email writing. So I’ve had a lot of students
in the past tell me that they spend hours writing very simple, short emails. These expressions
will help you to improve your email writing, and to write emails a lot quicker.
So let’s get started. Okay, so our first expression, very
common: “Please find attached _________.” Okay? “Please find attached _________.” So,
what do I mean by “attached”? So, in this case, “attached” is a verb, but “an attachment”,
which is the same thing but in the noun form, is an added computer file. So it’s a computer
file we add to an email. So, what are some examples of attachments? Well: “Please find
attached my resume.” This may be an added computer file. “Please find attached photos
from the conference.” So it’s a very simple phrase. It’s very polite. Notice we have “please”.
“Please find attached _________.” And then you just fill in the blank with the computer
file you’re adding to the email. Okay? So that’s our first expression. Now let’s look at our second expression. “I’ve
forwarded _________ to you.” Or alternatively, we can also say: “I’m
forwarding _________ to you.” So, first of all, what do I mean by “forward”?
Okay? Well, a forward… “Forwarding” is a verb, but it can also be a noun, as in “forward”.
So a “forward” is when you get an email and you decide you want to resend the email to
someone else, so you forward it to them. So, again, it’s when you want to resend an email
and you send it to a different email address. So that’s a forward. So what can I forward?
Well, we’ve used resume already; we can use it again. “I’ve forwarded…” Maybe you’re
forwarding someone else’s resume, so: “Bill’s resume to you.”, “I’m forwarding John’s email.”
Maybe there was a good email he sent, so you want to forward it to someone else to you.
So that covers forwarding. K, now let’s look at
some more expressions. Okay, so expression number three: “I’ve
cc’d/cc’ed/copied _________”-and then you write the name of the
person-“on this email.” So, what does this mean? Well, sometimes maybe
you’ve written an email to someone, but you want someone else to see what you’ve written.
So the email isn’t directed to this person; you just want them to know what’s going on,
so you might cc them or copy them. Okay? So there are three different ways to write this.
Remember, in business writing and in formal writing for emails, we really want emails
to be short and to the point. We want them to be concise, so that’s why you may see “cc’d”,
not as a word but just with an apostrophe “d”, meaning the past participle. “Cc’ed” or
“copied”. All of these are correct to use. So I could say: “I’ve cc’d Umar on this email.”
Meaning the email goes to someone, but Umar can also see the email too. So the email isn’t
directed to Umar; he can just see it too. So why might we cc someone? Well, to
keep a person, so someone, in the loop. So this is another common expression you may hear.
When you keep someone in the loop, it means you want them to know what is going on, so
you keep them in the loop. Meaning now they know what is happening. Okay? Expression number four: “If you have any questions, please
don’t hesitate to contact me.” So, first of all, what
does “hesitate” mean? This might be a word you don’t know. It means
to wait. So, this can also sound like: “If you have any questions, please don’t wait
to contact me.” “Hesitate” is, of course, more formal and it’s the one that is commonly
used. So this is a great way to actually end an email. Towards the end, before you say:
“Sincerely”, or: “Kind regards, Vanessa”, or: “Emma”, or: “Umar”, or: “John”, this is
a good thing to write before the very end of the email. So here’s the fifth expression: “I look
forward to…” and then we have different options. So before I get to those
options, “I look forward to”, what does that mean exactly? Well, it
means this is what you want the other person to do and you’re saying it in a polite
way. So: “I look forward to hearing from you.” You want the other person to contact you.
“I look forward to hearing from you.” And notice we use verb in the “ing” form. Another thing
we could say: “I look forward to meeting you.” Okay? So this is the action that’s going
to happen next, and I’m excited about it; I’m looking forward to it. I could also, instead
of using a verb “ing”, there are so many different variations of this, I could say: “I look forward
to your reply.” Meaning I’m waiting for your reply. I’m excited to get your reply, although
it’s not that strong. Okay? So this, again, usually comes towards the end of the email
and it’s just telling the person what action you’re waiting for. Okay, and now how do we sign off on the email
after that? Well there are many ways to sign off on an email. A common way is: “Kind
Regards,” or just: “Regards,”. So I could say: “Kind Regards,” and then underneath that,
write: “Emma.”, “Regards,” underneath: “Emma.”, “Warm Wishes,”, “Yours Truly,”. Again, these are
just some suggestions. There are many different ways you can end an email and
write your name underneath. Okay? So, I look forward to reading your comments and
hearing about your opinions. And so, until next time… Well, before until next time
actually, you can also practice these expressions on our website: www.engvid.com. We have a quiz
there where you can practice this vocabulary and make sure that you
understand it to the fullest. So, until next time, take care.

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  1. Excelent English lesson, I only have one video with subtitles in English on my channel, teaching with a brief book's history, if you Want to enjoy your welcome.

  2. Thank you Emma for giving this lecture. This is extreamly helpful for me. I am a software developer from india. But I have low in grammer and vocabulary. You are helping a lot. My dream is to get 8 in each band of ielts. thanks you very much

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  4. Hola Emma, muchas gracias por tus clases, he aprendido mucho con tu ayuda ( hi Emma, thank you very much for yours teaching, I have learned a lot with your helping) if you want correct me, no problem, Im learning your idiom

  5. Hi emma,, I like this video,,, please make more video on Mail expressions and English in office environment. It is useful people who are working in corporate world

  6. i dont konw how to write formal emails please make more videos or course so that i can learn to write emails

  7. Hello Emma, This lesson is a useful for me to write informal email to the companies I really appreciate it thank you for taking the time to read this comments on YouTube

  8. 1-Please find attached( my cv ).
    2- i’ve forwarded (john’s email) to you.
    3- i’ve copied (omar) on this email
    4- if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
    5- i look forward to hearing from u / meeting you / your reply

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  10. Your voice is great, & teaching in simple way, no need to make efforts to learn, that' s silent feature of your teachingm

  11. Hi, My name is horace I have a question? How can I make the quiz of all this tips that you are sharing un this vídeo? Please could You reply me back

  12. Hey Emma! I have some questions for you regarding research for a startup I am creating. Is there any way for me to contact you?

  13. how to write email to YouTube celebrities to ask for online video interviews? can you share some email draft samples?

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