Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

What should you do if someone doesn’t reply to your email?

How do you ask them if they got it and give them the “gentle nudge” in English to get them to respond?

We’ll show you exactly how to do it today so that you can get the message across and still maintain that connection.

What should you think about?

  • What is your relationship with the person? How well do you know them?
  • What is the timing? You need to get this right and not make them feel pressured
  • How can get their attention just to give them a friendly reminder without nagging

How can you maintain the connection but also be somewhat direct in English?

One useful key word here is “just.”

We have already talked about this word. Check out this episode.

Even though we can eliminate “just” in many contexts to sound more direct, when it’s a follow up email you can use it strategically to be more polite in English and to not come off as nagging or bothering someone.

By saying “just” you are recognizing that you are not the only thing in the person’s life.

Phrases to use:

  • “Hey just checking in. I emailed you last week. Did you get (receive) my email?”
  • “Hey I haven’t heard back from you. What’s going on?” (this is more direct and less formal)
  • “Hi I sent you an email last week about the party. Hope you can make it. Please let me know either way.”
  • “I emailed you last week about the meeting on Friday. If you could get back to me by this Wednesday that would be great.”

What phrases do you use in English to remind people to get back to you?

Let us know in the comments below.

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