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    Feb 23, 2007, 10:34 AM
    How to best word this sentence?
    ... working on an FAQ item, so I want to keep it worded as a question...

    The question is "can I send and receive email?", but I want to include "to and from other members" since guests cannot use the feature.

    Is it rightly worded as
    "Can I send and receive email to/from other members?"

    It just seems too wordy to say
    "Can I send email to, and receive email from, other members?"

    Any suggestions from fellow picky writers? :D

    Thanks!
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    Feb 23, 2007, 10:43 AM
    I would phrase it as:

    Am I able to send and receive email to and from other members?
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    Feb 23, 2007, 10:47 AM
    Am I able to send/receive e-mail WITH other members.
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    Feb 23, 2007, 10:48 AM
    It could get even simpler, I think:

    Am I able to correspond via email with other members?
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    Feb 23, 2007, 11:09 AM
    I don't think "Am I able to send/receive e-mail WITH other members." is right.
    "With" does not work with "send" or "receive", as in "send with" or "receive with".

    Thanks for the suggestions. They've helped me jog some inactive brain cells.

    I whittled it down to

    "Can I correspond with members via email?"

    How's that sound? :)
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    Feb 23, 2007, 11:21 AM
    Or simplify a bit more:

    Can I contact [other] members using e-mail?

    The send/receive is implied in that, and it's been reduced to a form that feels pretty natural.

    Not sure whether it's better with or without the 'other'.
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    Feb 24, 2007, 04:46 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by RickJ
    ...working on an FAQ item, so I want to keep it worded as a question...

    The question is "can I send and receive email?", but I want to include "to and from other members" since guests cannot use the feature.

    Is it rightly worded as
    "Can I send and receive email to/from other members?"

    It just seems too wordy to say
    "Can I send email to, and receive email from, other members?"

    Any suggestions from fellow picky writers? :D

    Thanks!
    The simplest and, therefore, the best way to construct this sentence is to write:
    ]
    "Can I send and receive e-mail from other members?"

    The 'to' and 'from' is dealt with in the 'send' and 'receive.'



    M:)RGANITE (a writer)
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    Feb 24, 2007, 04:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Morganite
    "Can I send and receive e-mail from other members?"

    The 'to' and 'from' is dealt with in the 'send' and 'receive.'



    M:)RGANITE (a writer)
    But if you break it down you can't say

    Can I send e-mail from other members

    But you can say

    Can I receive e-mail from other members

    So, the sentence above would not be correct.

    The best way, In my opinion to say it would be one that has already been said

    Can I correspond with other members via e-mail
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    Feb 24, 2007, 05:02 PM
    I agree. When you have two options, it has to make sense if you take one out... so using only the word "from" after the two options of "send and receive" sounds odd.

    Take out the send option and you have "receive from"... no problem.
    ... but take out the receive option and you're left with "send from"... a problem.

    Thank you, everyone. Here's where I've got it for now:
    https://www.askmehelpdesk.com/faq.ph...b_email_member
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    Feb 27, 2007, 11:48 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by RickJ
    I agree. When you have two options, it has to make sense if you take one out...so using only the word "from" after the two options of "send and receive" sounds odd.

    Take out the send option and you have "receive from"...no problem.
    ...but take out the receive option and you're left with "send from"...a problem.

    Thank you, everyone. Here's where I've got it for now:
    https://www.askmehelpdesk.com/faq.ph...b_email_member
    Wait RickJ... Here's another short way.

    Is member correspondence e-mail available?
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    Feb 27, 2007, 11:51 AM
    Thanks, everyone. I've gone with this... and am on to adding & rearranging other stuff in the FAQ.
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    Feb 27, 2007, 12:03 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by RickJ
    ...working on an FAQ item, so I want to keep it worded as a question...

    The question is "can I send and receive email?", but I want to include "to and from other members" since guests cannot use the feature.

    Is it rightly worded as
    "Can I send and receive email to/from other members?"

    It just seems too wordy to say
    "Can I send email to, and receive email from, other members?"

    Any suggestions from fellow picky writers? :D

    Thanks!
    I got the drift... Can I send or receive membership e-mail?

    Quote Originally Posted by RickJ
    Thanks, everyone. I've gone with this...and am on to adding & rearranging other stuff in the FAQ.
    You are fast. I was typing while you were posting. Looks great!
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    #13

    Feb 28, 2007, 08:49 AM
    On a related matter...

    The answer to that question should remind the users that, with the exception of very specific queries, things should be kept in the forum. That way, others will be able to use the answer without having to reask the same question in a future posting.

    Well, not that everyone who shows up uses the search function, or looks for previous answers, but one can hope, right?
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    #14

    Feb 28, 2007, 09:03 AM
    Good point. We do tell users that both in the faq and in one of the announcements regarding PMing...

    I'll add the same for Emailing.

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