Writing Clinic #1: The Informal Email
Welcome to the first edition of the Writing Clinic. The piece edited today is an informal email that one of our readers crafted to salute friends and colleagues who helped him land a scholarship. If you want to submit your piece you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hereby I would like to express my gratitude for all your support during my progress of ASEA-UNINET scholarship selection. It has been a great help for me to pass the selection with support from you.
Mas Ryan, for detailed information, all about what and where to send around application process. At the very early step, with only two days before the deadline, ‘googling’ is not quite helpful. Even asking to Univ. secretariate is also give me almost nothing. Many-many thanks for your assistance along the selection process.
Rendy, for questions during our ‘interview warming-up’ exercise session. Those are very sharp, and also unpredictable -at least for me-. Surely your questions help me a lot in preparing ‘what to say’ answering interview questions. Many great thanks for your support..
David, for helping me with german. That has been bring me such self-confident. Good enough to keep me not being nervous during interview. Also all the ‘leave during office hour’ permits, you are such a very kind boss for us 😀 Thank you x1000
Sari, your email forward in that last day of submission actually did prevent me from sending my scholarship application to Bandung! Which then I brought it by myself to DIKTI building which is only three blocks away from my office. That was a lot of help for me .. Thousand Thanks for your help..
Nasri, for your patient and quick-response answering all my question via IM. Those information around telephone number, email address, etc, really saves me from going to Depok for asking information about this scholarship. Many-many thanks for your help..
At this moment, I have already receive an email letter from Dikti staff, not anymore two line email from my acquaintance in ITB.. Receiving that long-awaited email was after sending her an email, and also making a phone call to her, which then I found out that she misspelled my email address to email@example.com ..
There are still thousand steps to go.. wishing you all the best things in your life. And also success for your career.
Warmly Regards and Many Great Thanks,
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to each of you for the support you provided during the ASEA-UNINET scholarship selection process. Without your support, I may not have passed the selection process.
Thank you for giving me detailed information about what to send during the application process. I was in a true dilemma just two days before the submission deadline. Using Google to scramble to find information with the deadline lurking is absolutely useless. Even asking the university’s secretary for help proved to be a waste of time. Thanks to you I was able to get through the submission process with all the items I needed.
Thank you for the questions during our ‘interview warm-up’ exercise session. Your questions were sharp, unpredictable, and perfect in preparing me. This helped me learn the art of impromptu speaking. Many thanks for your support.
Thank you for helping me with my German. Your help has allowed me to be more confident in interview sessions. Also, you are an extremely kind boss for bestowing upon me the many ‘leave during office hour’ permits. Thank you (times one thousand!).
Your email forward to me on the last day of the submission deadline prevented me from sending my scholarship application to Bandung! Instead, I walked the application to the DIKTI building, which is just three blocks away from my office. Thanks!
I’m grateful for your patient and quick responses in answering my questions via instant messenger. You saved me the hassle of going to Depok to inquire about this scholarship. Many thanks for your help.
I have already received an email letter from DIKTI staff. There are still many more steps to undertake before I’m awarded the scholarship.
First of all unnecessary words were eliminated. For example, “Hereby I would like to express” became “I would like to express.”
Second, some sentences were re-structured to have a clearer meaning. For example, “It has been a great help for me to pass the selection with support from you” became “Without your support, I may not have passed the selection process.”
Third, some sentences were completed, because they didn’t make sense as they were written before. For example, “Mas Ryan, for detailed information, all about what and where to send around application process” became “Mas Ryan: Thank you for giving me detailed information about what to send during the application process.”
Fourth, grammar and punctuation mistakes were corrected throughout the piece.
Finally, the overall format of the email was changed to highlight the person that was being addressed on each paragraph.
The Writing Clinic column is a collaboration between our blog and Gramlee.com, a company that provides grammar checks, proofreading and copy editing services.
Want to improve your English in five minutes a day? Get a subscription and start receiving our writing tips and exercises daily!
Keep learning! Browse the Business Writing category, check our popular posts, or choose a related post below:
Stop making those embarrassing mistakes! Subscribe to Daily Writing Tips today!
- You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed!
- Subscribers get access to our archives with 800+ interactive exercises!
- You'll also get three bonus ebooks completely free!