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E-Mail : Opening

Dear Mr. President,
Dear Mr. President,
Very formal, recipient has a special title that must be used in place of their name
Dear Sir,
Dear Sir,
Formal, male recipient, name unknown
Dear Madam,
Dear Madam,
Formal, female recipient, name unknown
Dear Sir / Madam,
Dear Sir / Madam,
Formal, recipient name and gender unknown
Dear Sirs,
Dear Sirs,
Formal, when addressing several unknown people or a whole department
To whom it may concern,
To whom it may concern,
Formal, recipient/s name and gender completely unknown
Dear Mr. Smith,
Dear Mr. Smith,
Formal, male recipient, name known
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Dear Mrs. Smith,
Formal, female recipient, married, name known
Dear Miss Smith,
Dear Miss Smith,
Formal, female recipient, single, name known
Dear Ms. Smith,
Dear Ms. Smith,
Formal, female recipient, name known, marital status unknown
Dear John Smith,
Dear John Smith,
Less formal, one has done business with the recipient before
Dear John,
Dear John,
Informal, one is personal friends with the recipient, relatively uncommon
We are writing to you regarding…
We are writing to you regarding…
Formal, to open on behalf of the whole company
We are writing in connection with ...
We are writing in connection with ...
Formal, to open on behalf of the whole company
Further to…
Further to…
Formal, to open regarding something you have seen from the company you are contacting
With reference to…
With reference to…
Formal, to open regarding something you have seen from the company you are contacting
I am writing to enquire about…
I am writing to enquire about…
Less formal, to open on behalf of yourself for your company
I am writing to you on behalf of...
I am writing to you on behalf of...
Formal, when writing for someone else
Your company was highly recommended by…
Your company was highly recommended by…
Formal, polite way of opening

E-Mail : Main Body

Would you mind if…
Would you mind if…
Formal request, tentative
Would you be so kind as to…
Would you be so kind as to…
Formal request, tentative
I would be most obliged if…
I would be most obliged if…
Formal request, tentative
We would appreciate it if you could send us more detailed information about…
We would appreciate it if you could send us more detailed information about…
Formal request, very polite
I would be grateful if you could...
I would be grateful if you could...
Formal request, very polite
Would you please send me…
Would you please send me…
Formal request, polite
We are interested in obtaining/receiving…
We are interested in obtaining/receiving…
Formal request, polite
I must ask you whether...
I must ask you whether...
Formal request, polite
Could you recommend…
Could you recommend…
Formal request, direct
Would you please send me…
Would you please send me…
Formal request, direct
You are urgently requested to…
You are urgently requested to…
Formal request, very direct
We would be grateful if…
We would be grateful if…
Formal request, polite, on behalf of the company
What is your current list price for…
What is your current list price for…
Formal specific request, direct
We are interested in ... and we would like to know ...
We are interested in ... and we would like to know ...
Formal enquiry, direct
We understand from your advertisment that you produce…
We understand from your advertisment that you produce…
Formal enquiry, direct
It is our intention to…
It is our intention to…
Formal statement of intent, direct
We carefully considered your proposal and…
We carefully considered your proposal and…
Formal, leading to a decision regarding a business deal
We are sorry to inform you that…
We are sorry to inform you that…
Formal, rejection of a business deal or showing no interest in an offer
The attachment is in...
The attachment is in...
Formal, detailing with what program the recipient should open the attachment
I could not open your attachment this morning. My virus-checker program detected a virus.
I could not open your attachment this morning. My virus-checker program detected a virus.
Formal, direct, detailing a problem with an attachment
I apologise for not forwarding the message sooner, but due to a typing error your mail was returned marked "user unknown".
I apologise for not forwarding the message sooner, but due to a typing error your mail was returned marked "user unknown".
Formal, polite
For further information please consult our website at…
For further information please consult our website at…
Formal, when advertising your website

E-Mail : Closing

If you need any additional assistance, please contact me.
If you need any additional assistance, please contact me.
Formal, very polite
If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know.
If we can be of any further assistance, please let us know.
Formal, very polite
Thanking you in advance…
Thanking you in advance…
Formal, very polite
Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Should you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Formal, very polite
I would be most grateful if you would look into this matter as soon as possible.
I would be most grateful if you would look into this matter as soon as possible.
Formal, very polite
Please reply as soon as possible because…
Please reply as soon as possible because…
Formal, polite
If you require any further information, feel free to contact me.
If you require any further information, feel free to contact me.
Formal, polite
I look forward to the possibility of working together.
I look forward to the possibility of working together.
Formal, polite
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Thank you for your help in this matter.
Formal, polite
I look forward to discussing this with you.
I look forward to discussing this with you.
Formal, direct
If you require more information ...
If you require more information ...
Formal, direct
We appreciate your business.
We appreciate your business.
Formal, direct
Please contact me - my direct telephone number is…
Please contact me - my direct telephone number is…
Formal, very direct
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Less formal, polite
Yours faithfully,
Yours faithfully,
Formal, recipient name unknown
Yours sincerely,
Yours sincerely,
Formal, widely used, recipient known
Respectfully yours,
Respectfully yours,
Formal, not widely used, recipient name known
Kind/Best regards,
Kind/Best regards,
Informal, between business partners who are on first-name terms
Regards,
Regards,
Informal, between business partners who work together often

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