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Unit 2: Sending and receiving emails

Learn how to talk about the different parts of an email in English.

Unit 2: Sending and receiving emails

Sending and receiving emails

Read the email below and then do the tasks. Task 3 asks you questions about the email below.

Task 3: Starting an email

Reply | Reply to allForward | Delete

From: Samir
To: Sales Team
CC: Hatem Trabelsi; Patricia Bartlett
Subject: RE: Meeting next week
Attachments: New proposal.rtf (376KB)

Hello Sales Team,

I’ve got an idea for next week – see the attached file. I’d like to hear what you think about my suggestion.
I think Hatem and Patricia may be interested, so I’ve copied them in too. Let’s talk more at the meeting next week.

Regards, Samir


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Pre-intermediate: A2


sometimes we are asking about some thing in email then what we should write in subject? For example if I am writing email to an institute and asking them for admission details so may I write this statement in subject. "asking about admission criteria". If there is any other way to write in subject kindly let me know of that. Thank you.

Hello shery malik,

We don't include words such as 'asking' in the subject line, so the subject here should be simply 'Admissions criteria'.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

It is interesting and useful.Thank you a lot.

What funny exercises! :)

Great lesson

I can't understand what CC means. If you CC a person, in this case he or she becomes a receiver of the email?

Yeah,he will receive your email too.

Hello QueenGold7,

That's correct. 'CC' literally means 'carbon copy', which refers to the days when copies of documents were made using carbon paper, but nowadays it just means that a copy of the email is also sent to that person or people.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Carol25,

Hmm, there are two different words: 'forward' and 'foreword'. 'forward', which means 'resend', is the one you're more likely to see in the context of email. Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Really good lesson