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: email@example.com. Jeffery Amherst uses his first name and surname in his email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The address email@example.com 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'. firstname.lastname@example.org is ‘reservations at beach hotel bern dot com’
- sometimes there is a . in the person's name. email@example.com is ‘jeffery dot amherst at british council dot org’
- _ in an email address is called ‘underscore’. teaching_ job@english_academy.id 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 (Jeffery.Amherst@britishcouncil.org). Sometimes it is all in capitals (JEFFERY.AMHERST@BRITISHCOUNCIL.ORG). However, most people write email addresses without capital letters (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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:
Hello Sokheng BTB,
Not all email addresses show what country the person, company or organisation is from -- this is the case of the first one you ask about. But some email addresses do show the country (like the second one). I'm afraid I can't say for sure whether both email addresses belong to the same person or not; sometimes they do, but I'm not sure that it is always the case.
All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team