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See also email, Email, and émail

English

Etymology

From electronic + mail.

Pronunciation

Alternative spellings

Noun

Singular
e-mail

Plural
s

e-mail (s)
  1. (uncountable) A system for transferring messages from one computer to another, usually via a network.
    He sent me his details via e-mail.
    The advent of e-mail has simultaneously brought our society closer together and farther apart.
  2. (countable; see Usage notes below) An e-mail message.
    I am searching through my old e-mails.
    He sent me several e-mails last week to that effect.
  3. (uncountable; see Usage notes below) A quantity of e-mail messages.
    I am searching through my old e-mail.
    My inbox used to only allow 50 MB of e-mail at a time until last year, when they upgraded it to 2 GBs!

Usage notes

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  • The spellings e-mail and email are both in common use. The use of “email” is now more widespread, likely due to one less character and thus making it easier to write or type, and is becoming a standardized usage for most businesses and Internet users. In general, the hyphenated form is more likely to be considered proper by those who follow strict grammatical rules; however, as a recently coined word, it remains an unsettled matter at this point.
  • As a contraction of electronic mail, some feel that e-mail should follow the same pluralization rules and be uncountable, prohibiting the forms e-mails and an e-mail. Others feel that it is not necessary for e-mail to maintain grammatical similarity to mail, and prefer to pluralize the term as a countable noun. This issue is hotly debated, but it is seldom considered incorrect to use the uncountable form.

Translations

message See e-mail message

Verb

Infinitive
to e-mail

Third person singular
e-mails

Simple past
e-mailed

Past participle
-

Present participle
e-mailing

to e-mail (third-person singular simple present e-mails, present participle e-mailing, simple past and past participle e-mailed)
  1. To compose and send an e-mail

Translations

See also


Czech

Alternative spellings

Noun

e-mail m.

  1. e-mail

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