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English (E-mail Writing)

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I want to do some research with a professor on campus, but I'm having a lot of trouble composing this e-mail. She sent me a long e-mail with stipulations for joining her lab and at the end it basically says "If you agree to all this, let me know and we'll set up a time and talk more about your project".

I'm having trouble saying "Yes, I agree to everything. However, I can't really meet until I get back to campus which is the week of the August 16th" in a professional manner.

Can you please help? Thank you.

  • English (E-mail Writing) -

    Thank you for the email. I have read it and understand, and I agree to the stipulations you outlined. Can we meet the week of August 16th, when I return to campus?

    Thank you so much.

  • English (E-mail Writing) -

    Oh wow, thanks a lot. I guess I was looking for something longer, because her e-mail was a good 6 paragraphs or so.

    When writing these sorts of e-mails, is there a trick to make it seem more formal and not informal?

  • English (E-mail Writing) -

    This is an excellent place to read about all types of business writing. Scroll down to read about email.

    You should also read through the section on Tone in Business Writing.

  • English (E-mail Writing) -

    Thanks a ton for the link, I really appreciate it!

  • English (E-mail Writing) -

    You're very welcome.

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