I have something stuck in my brain that I’m increasingly uncomfortable with.
I have this vague memory of being taught by my English teacher that you should begin a letter with something like[quote]Dear Mr Hill,
thank you for your enquiry about inflatable sheep. Unfortunately…[/quote]
ie Dear [name] comma, leave a line or two, continue the sentence without a capital letter.
It just feels really weird doing this in an email that begins with Hi or Yo or something similarly inane. Most of my emails are inane, so what should I do?
“Yo Sugarbuns, blah blah”
How’s it hanging?"
(End the sentence after the greeting and start a new one.)
Nice to hear from you."
(No punctuation mark, but start the next sentence with a capital.)
FWIW, I can’t just write without punctuation. I need that stuff, but just can’t figure out what the ‘rule’ is these days.
And what should I tell students who need to write friendly business emails. They’re going to use hello or hi.