People have become remarkably adept at abbreviating words and sentences in order to send succinct messages quickly. Most everyone knows what LOL, OMG, and J/K mean. These abbreviations may be appropriate for texts or emails between friends, but it is best to reject any instinct to send abbreviated messages when composing academic emails. Professors and other professionals are going to expect formal, well-constructed messages. When crafting academic emails, use full sentences and write with clarity and conciseness. Adhere to basic guidelines for letter writing and you should be in good shape! For additional information regarding academic emails on various topics, including asking for a letter of recommendation and missing class, take a look at this Writing Studio handout.
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