40 Prepositional Phrases for Emails 5

40 Prepositional Phrases for Emails
Test your knowledge of prepositions and improve your email writing skills! Prepositions, particularly when part of a prepositional phrase or phrasal verb, are often problematic for learners of English. Not only can meaning be lost if incorrectly used, in some cases they can lead to a misunderstanding. For example, if you deal with children, you ...

The Passive 2

Das Passiv
It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it! Desmond Dekker Broadly speaking English is an SVO (subject, verb, object) language, e.g. I completed the project one month behind schedule. However, sometimes who or what actually did something (the agent) is either unimportant, or would rather be left out. In this case we can ...

Job Applications – Cover Letters 10

Bewerbungen – Anschreiben
 12 simple steps to a perfect cover letter Your cover letter (e-mail) is often the only chance you get to sell yourself to a potential employer. You can highlight key features of your attached CV and include material that is not in the CV, especially your personal qualities. However, it is important not to write ...

E-mail Openings – Prepositions 3

E-mail Openings – Prepositions
You should clearly state your reason for writing at the beginning of an e-mail.Most readers scan e-mails to find out how the information contained affects them and to see whether they need to take any action. Using a clear first sentence will help communicate to your reader exactly why you are writing. Here is a ...

The Hamburger Model 3

The Hamburger Model
How should I structure my e-mails? The Hamburger Model To illustrate how e-mails are structured, I would like to draw an analogy between hamburgers and e-mails. I know it sounds weird, but bear with me. Firstly, let’s look at what a burger consists of. Of course the main ingredient, or body, is the patty – ...

Spam

Spam
SPAM Where does the term spam come from? Spam is the trademark of a canned luncheon meat product; one of my not so pleasant memories of school dinners is spam fritters (sliced, battered and deep-fried), mushy peas and chips. All dripping in fat. Today, the term spam is mostly associated with unsolicited, unwanted, and usually ...

Salutations & Closes 1

Salutations & Closes
 What is the correct salutation for business English e-mails and how do I end them? There are no standard rules for starting or closing e-mails. It largely depends on who you are writing to. More formal external e-mails mostly follow the same style as the classic snail mail:If you know the surname of the person you are writing ...