An email to ask a colleague to do something

An email to ask a colleague to do something

Learn how to write an email to ask a colleague to do something.

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.


Reading text

From: Gabriela Flores
To: Yuki Sato
Subject: Request for new price list for V1698 face creams

Dear Yuki,  

We are presenting to some new clients next Monday 10 December and they are interested in our V1698 face creams.

I understand from Kate that the prices have changed recently. She mentioned that you have the new price list. Do you think you could email it to me?

I would be grateful if we could have it by close of business on Thursday 6 December. That would give us time to prepare for our presentation.

Thanks very much for your help.

Best regards,



  1. Some people prefer you to use their first names, and others prefer you to use their title (e.g. Ms/Mr) + their surnames. Find out what is normal in your company when writing emails.
  2. Explain the reason for the request.
  3. Give a deadline when possible.
  4. Give dates clearly.
  5. Make your request polite by starting it with Do you think you could … ? or I would be grateful if you/we/I could … .
  6. If you don't know the person you are writing to well, you can finish by writing Best regards just before you sign your name.

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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 29/04/2021 - 15:59

Dear President, Fancy a cuppa? Sincerely, \(//∇//)\

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 28/04/2021 - 06:23

yes, if I need to talk about work or have a request, I send an email to my colleague.

Submitted by Camila Abreu on Sat, 10/04/2021 - 20:36

I usually write a lot of emails at work. You need to ber careful when sending messages, because poorly worded text can cause a lot of problems

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Tue, 06/04/2021 - 23:19

To: Mr Buffet From: Mikhail Subject: Request recommendation Dear Mr Buffet, We are have confusing with our investment decision about Big Oil company, what do you think about it, recommend buy or sell this compony? I attached annual report and our analysis. We would be grateful if we could have it early as possible. Thank you so much for your help Best regards, Mikhail

Submitted by In on Tue, 23/02/2021 - 08:59

I don`t send emails to colleagues because I work on my own and I don`t have.

Submitted by German on Thu, 04/02/2021 - 03:05

No, I don´t. I don´t send a lot of emails to my colleagues. I prefer to talk with them and to do request personally

Submitted by Soulma on Sat, 09/01/2021 - 20:56

Sincerely, I rarely write an email to my colleagues because as I am a student I don't have a lot of things to share with them but emailing them facilitates really to deal with our common projects.

Submitted by Rabia Syed on Mon, 04/01/2021 - 15:00

I never composed email. I just use my email account to send my assignment our teachers especially during in COVID-19. But I would try to send an email to my friend for better practice.