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Write an email to a colleague arranging a meeting to discuss your project. Use the following questions to create the body of the email. (It can be real or imagined.)

Include the Subject line—make sure it states clearly what the email is about.

  1. What about the project do you want to discuss?
  2. Where do you want to meet?
  3. When do you want to meet?

Add an appropriate closing.

Businessman reading a newspaper while waiting for a subway train

Write an email to a colleague sharing an article you read recently that relates to the project you're working on together.

Be specific about why you're sharing the article and how you think it relates to your project. Use your imagination!

Woman and man sitting at a boardroom table talking

You recently had a successful interview with an expert for a project you are doing at work. Write an email to thank them for their time.

Make your email more effective by using specific details (e.g., the topic of the interview) and addressing the expert by name. Use your imagination!

Female medical assistant in operating room

FROM: Marguerite LeBron
TO: Mr. Geoffrey Harris
SUBJECT: Job posting

Dear Mr. Harris: I saw your job posting for a licensed medical assistant. I recently relocated from Paris and need to find work. I received my license from the Bureau de Médecin in 2011 and have kept it up to date since then. If the position is still open, I would like very much to apply. Please let me know what other information you need.

Thank you for your attention,
Marguerite LeBron

[Respond to Marguerite as though you are Geoffrey Harris, HR Manager at a London hospital. Be sure to address her questions and make at least two requests for more information from her.]

Woman screaming at laptop

TO: Ajax Computer Corp.
FROM: Katya Karnov
SUBJECT: Broken computer

I am writing to request a replacement for a computer I bought a year ago that has already stopped working. I took it to the repair shop and they said it was a problem with the motherboard and would cost so much to fix, I might as well get a new computer. I've lost the original receipt but I did buy the extended warranty plan so I should be able to get it replaced. Please let me know how to exchange this one for a new one that works.

Thanks,
Katya

[You are a customer service representative at Ajax Computer Corp. Decide whether or not you will exchange Katya's computer for a new one, then write her an email explaining your choice. Give two reasons, and instructions about what to do next.]

formal dinner party table setting

Hello, Cyril! I hope you'll be able to join us for Estelle's retirement party on September 30. We're meeting at the Elks Lodge for dinner at 7:00 PM. The menu selections are grilled chicken, steak, salmon with lemon butter, or vegetarian lasagna (made with almond cheese for vegans). Please let us know if you're planning to attend, how many people you're bringing, and your meal selection(s).

RSVP by September 23 so we can let the caterers know how many meals to prepare.

Regards,
Samantha

(Respond to the email as if you are Cyril. In your email, make two requests and explain one problem.)

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