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The Best Email Phrases You Can Use at Work

When writing emails to coworkers and clients at work, it is essential to use the right lingo. Below we have compiled the most useful, polite and professional email phrases you can use at work.

Grammar Corner The Best Email Phrases You Can Use at Work

 

There are six key components to properly structure a business email in English. These will help you to clearly express your ideas and improve your communication with coworkers and clients:

  • Subject Line
  • Greeting
  • Intro/Purpose
  • Detail
  • Ask/Action
  • Closing/Sign-off

Subject Line

The subject line should be clear, concise, and meaningful. It should summarize, not describe and should not consists of a single word, e.g., Important, Help, or Urgent.

Greeting

You should always use the addressee’s name and title if it is a formal message. However, casual business communications do not always need a formal greeting - they can often just list the recipient names.

Possible greetings could include "Good morning Mr. Brown," or "Good afternoon President Chang,".

Intro/Purpose

Right after the greeting, you should write an intro stating the purpose of your email. Clearly and concisely explain the purpose, question or issue. Do not use more than one or two sentences as you will add the necessary details later on in the email.

Possible intros could include "I'm eager to get your advice on..." or "As we discussed on our call...".

Detail/Body

This is the longest section of the email providing the necessary background or supporting detail for your purpose. Limit yourself to several bullet points or a few, short paragraphs ensuring you provide brief explanation of the five key questions; What? When? Where? How? Why?

Ask/Action

At the end of your body, provide a specific call for action state the response or action you want to receive. Make sure it is entirely understood exactly “who” needs to perform “what”.

A possible call for action could include "Can you provide me with an update on..." or "Please send me...".

Closing/Sign-Off/Good-bye:

End your email by using phrases or words conveying respect and formality (e.g., “Sincerely,” “Best regards,” “Best”). Include signature lines that contain helpful contact information, such as your name, title, company name, address, email address and telephone number.

 

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