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Writing for Work Formats Email The Body

The Email Body

The body of an email usually contains a salutation, main message, explanatory material when necessary, and a courteous closing.  Here are some additional guidelines:

  • Begin your message with a statement of your intent in writing.
  • Be courteous and concise.
  • Avoid abbreviations, slang and business jargon that your recipients may not understand.
  • Keep paragraphs or blocks of text short to make them easier to read.
Try Your Own
Practice writing the main body of an effective email.


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