Should you spell it ‘email’ or ‘E-mail’? And what’s the difference? We’ll cover that in detail below. Plus, you’ll learn how to use it correctly in a sentence.
The short answer is that neither spelling is incorrect. Both spellings of the word are widely accepted. ‘Email’ is simply an alternative spelling of ‘e-mail.’
We’ve just learned that both spellings of the word are correct. So, it’s safe to use either or. Whichever you feel comfortable with, you can use it.
You know that ‘email’ and ‘e-mail’ are both acceptable, but what about the capitalization factor? Can you use both the lowercase and capitalized versions anytime?
As long as you follow standard capitalization rules. For example, you wouldn’t use the capital version of the word in a middle of a sentence.
We’ll go over some example sentences later on in the article.
The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘email’ is: “a means or system for transmitting messages electronically (as between computers on a network),” “messages sent and received electronically through an email system,” and “an email message.”
The verb form of the word is defined as: “to send email to (someone)” and “to send (something) by email.”
It also means: “to communicate by email.”
The first known use of the word was as a noun in 1979, and it meant the same thing it means in the first definition given above.
By 1983, the verb was finally an accepted form of the word, and it meant and still means “to communicate by email.”
The plural form of the word ‘email’ is ‘emails.’ It follows the same rules for pluralization that most words do. That means, to make it plural, you’d simply add an ‘s’ or ‘es.’ In this case, it’s simply an ‘s.’
Now that we know a little bit more about the word, we can talk about how to use it in a sentence. Keep the meaning in mind as you construct your sentences.
Take a look at some examples of how to use it in a sentence in singular form:
Now let’s see some examples of how to use it in plural form:
Now that you know that both spellings of the word are correct, you can confidently use the word in a sentence correctly yourself. With the above examples as a guide, you should have no problem crafting a great sentence of your own.
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