Avoid These Common Email Mistakes in English

Aug 10, 2016 | 32 comments

Writing emails in English can be stressful and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Avoid these common email mistakes with these examples and simple steps. Here’s why it’s important…

I know you want to communicate effectively. You want to look and sound like a professional in English. And you want your emails to be correct in English. Today you’re going to learn how to do all of that!

With texting and social media, it has become common to write informally in English. With informal emails, there are often mistakes in punctuation and grammar. When you send an email to friends or family, this is okay. But when you are writing a professional email, it is very important to write correctly – to use the right punctuation, grammar, and level of formality.

In today’s lesson, you will learn about common mistakes in emails and how to correct them for professional emails.

For more help on emails, you can also visit my lessons:

7 Rules for Professional Emails in English

Write Great Emails in English

Now let’s get started!

 

Common Email Mistakes to Avoid in English

Sample Email 1:

This email is not a real email. I wrote it using common mistakes I see in emails I receive every day. Below this email, I’ve provided a corrected version with explanations for each correction.

Hey Mr. Emily,

My name is Lara. I’m very happy to receive your email and join your course. I am engineer and use sometimes english at work but i feel nervous when i speak.sometimes i feel blocked. I hope you can help me improve my speaking.it is important for work. I look forward to the 10-day challenge. It’s very useful to me. )))))

Regards.

Corrected Email 1:

Hey Mr.(1) Emily,

My name is Lara. I’m very happy to receive your email and join your course. I am an(2) engineer and use sometimes sometimes use(3)English(4) at work but i I(5)feel nervous when i I(6) speak. (7)Sometimes(8) I feel blocked. I hope you can help me improve my speaking. (9) It(10) is important for work. I look forward to the 10-day challenge. It’s very useful to me. ))))) 🙂 (11)

Regards,(12)
(13)

 Sample Email Two

Review this email below. Can you identify the mistakes and fix them? There are 19 errors. Share your answers in the comments section below.

Hello Sir,

My name is sam. I use often english for my work but i don’t feel good about speaking. I can write emails and read in English.I understand everything. But with speaking i’m very nervous so i’m happy about your emails. to answer your question, i mostly feel speaking is my challenge because i forget the words i need.I understand when i hear them but I forget everything when I speak.

Im thankful for your advices.)))))

Sincerely

Now it’s your turn to practice.

Review Sample 2 and fix the mistakes. You can share your answers below.

~ Annemarie

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