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.
Politeness and other tips for professional writing
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!