Politeness and other tips for professional writing. Jan. 24, 2014 ENGL 106i Aleksandra Kasztalska. General tips and reminders. Please include a filled-out Peer Review Sheet with EVERY draft that you submit. Please remember to include page numbers with your last name.
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Jan. 24, 2014
“… what we think is appropriate behaviour in particular situations in an attempt to achieve and maintain successful social relationships with others.“ (Lakoff 1972: 910)
Forms of address
E-mail me back as soon as possible.
Read my draft.
Use “please” and “thank you”
Please e-mail me back as soon as possible.
Thank you for reading my draft.
Give a choice to the reader
E-mail me back when you have the time.
if you get a chance.
at your earliest convenience.
Please take a look at my draft if it’s no trouble.
Express an apology
I apologize for taking your time, but could you…?
I’m sorry to bother you, but would you…?
Would you mind reading my draft?
I was wondering if you could read my draft?
if you would mind reading my draft?
Use appreciation words
I would appreciate it if you could…
I would be grateful if you would…
I would be thankful if you might…
Add a qualifier (usually adverb)
I would be very grateful if you could…
I would greatly appreciate it if you would…
It would really mean a lot to me if you could…
Would you like me to send you my CV?
I would be happy to meet with you.
- Full Name
- E-mail address
- Professional qualification (ex. Professor of Biology at Purdue, CEO of Mad Mushroom Pizza)
Aleks will e-mail you today and approve your experts OR suggest others. You must e-mail EACH expert no later than Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. at 11pm.
You must BCC Alekson EACH e-mail or forward all e-mails to her.
Use the “Request for Interview” draft that you wrote in this class!