Email addresses are essential in business – do you know how to say them correctly?

Email addresses

Every email address contains this sign: . Here are some email addresses:

As you can see, Bob uses his first name only in his email address: Jeffery Amherst uses his first name and surname in his email address: The address gives the name of the department (Reservations), but not the name of the person.

Saying email addresses

When you say an email address:

  • remember that @ is pronounced ‘at’ and . is pronounced 'dot'. is ‘reservations at beach hotel bern dot com’
  • sometimes there is a . in the person's name. is ‘jeffery dot amherst at british council dot org’
  • _ in an email address is called ‘underscore’. teaching_ is ‘teaching underscore job at English underscore academy dot I D’.

Note that it is not necessary to use capital J and A in Jeffery Amherst's email address. People sometimes write email addresses with capital initial letters ( Sometimes it is all in capitals (JEFFERY.AMHERST@BRITISHCOUNCIL.ORG). However, most people write email addresses without capital letters (

Address books

Email addresses appear in alphabetical order (A–Z). When names start with the same letter, look at the second letter. Here, all the names begin with F, but the second letters are: e i r u. These are in alphabetical order.

Name Email address
Fred Aston
Fudail H


Domain names

Email addresses often include the name of the country that the address is from. This is the final two letters of the address. Here are some examples:

.af Afghanistan
.id Indonesia
.ma Morocco
.se Sweden
.uy Uruguay

Language level

Elementary: A2
Intermediate: B1


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I am newcomer , help me learning british english

Hi kohirin,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! I suggest you start by taking a look at our Help page, which has some tips and suggestions on learning English effectively, and also on how best to use the site.


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The LearnEnglish Team

HI Mr Peter,

Happy New year! I try to learn,anyway thanks for suggest.



His father was admitted into the Princess Margaret Hospital.

I think in the above sentence, the article "the" must be there, but some people would say it is not necessary.

For your advice, please.

Hello lamdingfung,

In general, I'd not use 'the' in that sentence, though it doesn't sound wrong to me to use it, either. The use of 'the' in names is quite arbitrary, which you can see for yourself on the wikipedia page that lists the names of hospitals in England. The majority don't use a definite article, but there are several that do.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team