Writing Great Emails: Useful Phrases #1

Today’s

Vocabulary

(1) Extension: When you get more time to do something

We got an extension to finish because the raw materials arrived so late.

(2) Fast-paced: Moving quickly, with lots of things happening

Working on a television show is a very fast-paced environment. We’re always really busy.

(3) To avoid: To try not to do or see something

She’s been avoiding me all week. Do you think she’s angry with me?

Today’s

Questions

1. Which is NOT a way to use I’m good?

a. To say you’re satisfied

b. To say you’re free

c. To say you’re excited

2. Why would you say maybe that would be best?

a. You’re unsure what is best

b. You’re angry and want to delay

c. You want to accept but you feel bad

3. In the last example, why does the person feel bad?

a. The person is being unreasonable

b. He doesn’t feel bad

c. He’s late with a proposal

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Writing Great Emails

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En-velop_bleu By Jeremy Schaar

This week on the blog I’ll introduce two useful phrases. You’ll learn what they mean and read a few examples of how you might use them.

1. I’m good

This means I’m OK or I’m satisfied. We can use it in a few different ways. One is to say that a time period will be OK.

Q: When are you available for a meeting?

A: I’m good after 3pm.

This means that before 3pm you’re busy. But after 3pm you have time and can meet.

Q: Do you need more evidence?

A: No, I’m good. We can move on.

In this case, I’m good means that you’re satisfied.

In either situation I’m good is very casual and direct. You can use it in fast-paced conversations, but should avoid it when you want to be more formal.

2. Maybe that would be best

This is a very polite way of accepting a suggestion.

Q: I think Susan has really done a bad job. Should we fire her?

A: Maybe that would be best.

We use maybe that would be best when, for some reason, an idea feels bad, but we want to do it anyway. In this case, the person doesn’t want to fire Susan, but thinks it’s necessary.

That’s a very serious example, but maybe that would be best can be used in less serious situations. For instance:

Q: You were supposed to email me the proposal yesterday, but I still haven’t received it. Would you like to change the deadline and send it to me next week?

A: Maybe that would be best.

In this case, the person feels bad because he missed the deadline. He’s ashamed, but he accepts the generous extension.

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Answers To Today’s Questions

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