Where can you practise the ways we ask questions in emails? Here, of course!

Enquiries

Consider these things when writing questions.

Subject questions

These questions are about the subject of a sentence:

  • Who takes you to school?
  • Where is your favourite place?
  • What annoys you the most?
  • When is convenient?

Do not add the auxiliary verb 'do' ('do', 'does', 'did'): Who takes you ...? not Who does take you ...?

Yes/no questions

These questions usually only need a short answer like 'yes'/'yes, of course' or 'no'/ 'no, I'm sorry'.

  • Are you ready?
  • Is that convenient?
  • Do you remember me?
  • Can you send me the report, please?

Use the auxiliary verb before the subject: Do you remember ...? not You do remember ...?

Object questions

These questions are about the object of a sentence:

  • Where do you want to meet?
  • Who did you invite to the meeting?
  • Why couldn't you go?
  • How much is this going to cost?

Remember to use an auxiliary verb ('do', 'did', 'have', 'can', etc.): Where do you want to meet? not Where you want to meet?

'Let me know'

When you ask about something in an email, you can use this phrase. It shows that you want to get an answer.

  • Are you coming to the party on Saturday? Could you let me know? Thanks…
  • I would like to attend the training next Tuesday. Please can you let me know the start time?

Task 1

Task 2

Choose the correct preposition for the gaps in the email below.

From: Raj (raj.kumar@stancliffschool.org.uk)
To: Victor Obinna (Victor1997@yesmail.ng)
Subject: RE: pictures from my school

Hello Victor,

Thanks for sending me the pictures of your school and your friends. My school in England is very different! I want to ask you about your school. Here are my questions.

  1. I play cricket in the school team. What sports are you good (1) in / with / at?
  2. I hate maths but I love English. What subjects are you interested (2) in / to / on?
  3. In IT, we're learning how to make a website. At your school, what are you learning (3) about / on / at?
  4. My brother and I walk to school together every day. Who do you go to school (4) to / from / with?
  5. My flat is by a road with lots of cars. What is your home (5) next to / out of / away from?

Can you let me know?

Bye for now! Raj

Exercise

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Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

I want to write an email for admission at university but I am confused what should be the writing material to start and finish my email?. Can I get a sample of email written for same purpose?

Hello shery malik,

I don't think that there is a fixed way to write such emails. You should choose a neutral style (not informal) so avoid contractions and colloquial language.

Start by introducting yourself (My name is... and I am...). Then state why you are writing (I'm writing to apply for / to ask for information about / to find out about).

In the next paragraph introduce yourself in more detail, telling the reader why you are doing this (why you chose this university or this course) and what information you want from them (how to apply, what documents are needed).

Finish politely.

 

Good luck and best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I want to write an email for admission at university. I am not confused how should I start and finish my email?. can I get a sample of an email written for same purpose?.

Hello shery malik,

I don't think we've got an example of that kind of email to show you but I have given you some advice in answer to your question here.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, i need to know how make a letter for asking my salary increment. Im working since 2 years in our company so now my position is going to be change. Pls advice me on this.

Hello Usman,

What you want to ask for is called a 'pay rise' or 'raise'. If you do an internet search for 'sample pay rise letter', I'm sure you'll find some good models that you can use for writing your own letter.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

 

very nice

I want to send an email to HR of my company. Should I start with Dear or respectable or what?
Is this a right sentence: did u get my documents or have u got my document? That email is formal and official...please guide me.

Hello avipawar89,

If you know the name of the person you're writing to, I would say 'Dear Mr (or Ms) (Surname)', but there are different conventions in different countries and so something else might be better. I say this because my impression, though I really don't know for sure, is that very formal forms that are not used in the UK are quite common in India. Is there a colleague of yours that you could ask? If not, 'Mr (or Ms) (Surname)' is perfectly correct in most situations.

The sentence you ask about should probably be a bit more formal. I'd recommend 'Did you receive my documents?' You could also say 'May I enquire if you received my documents?', which is a bit more polite as well.

Good luck!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, When I was sending an email I used the word "you might received an email from Xxx company" I feel so worried with my grammar, is it acceptable?

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