Reading comprehension requires more than just reading the first sentence of an e-mail and replying. My latest pet-peeve is writing a detailed and concise e-mail requesting three things from the recipient and getting a one or two word non-response.
Read It All For Good Reading Comprehension
My e-mails are clearly written. And I check them carefully before I send them. I take care to write e-mails as clearly as I can. To me, they are correspondence with almost as much importance as a type-written letter. Being clear and concise is important to me. If I wanted a cursory review, I’d text or message you instead.
My e-mails typically include:
- A pleasant greeting
- A summary of the purpose of the e-mail
- Any background information you may want or need to know including relevant attachments
- Requests I have of you
- A personal closing of thanks or appreciation and my name (and contact information if appropriate)
I understand that you may be reading my e-mail on a phone screen the size of a post-it note. You are also possibly trying to type out a response with your fat thumbs on an even smaller phone screen keyboard.
But, if you get the following e-mail:
And you reply back:
“It’s the first one”
Your appallingly clear non-reading of my e-mail and cursory reply to get it out of your in-box is annoying to us both.
The word “it” or “that” in a reply are rarely enough to make your response understandable. Your hasty reply will only require a follow-up e-mail to clarify. Much of the follow-up e-mail will need to re-state much of what I put in the first e-mail.
Your hasty reply doesn’t save time for either of us.
Glad to have gotten that off my chest.
Like a good knitter, I went back to the Ensign Brook DK Cardigan.
I made some progress on it too! I’m almost finished with the second stripe-sequence repeat. I’m also loving the yarn from Ensign Brook Farms.
I need about 2 more inches on this before I start shaping for the arm holes and chest/neck opening. It will only go faster and faster soon!