Just say ‘thank you’


“With reference to …” is rather old-fashioned. I remember using the phrase years ago. Have you read it before? Do you use it? Such as in: “With reference to your letter …”.

My recommendation? Just say “thank you”. Something like: “Thank you for your letter”. Or “Thank you for contacting us.”

Instead of writing: “With reference to our meeting last week”, you could write: “It was a pleasure meeting you in Cologne last week”. Or even: “I very much enjoyed meeting you in Cologne last week”.

And instead of writing: “With reference to our conversation yesterday”, you could write: “I enjoyed talking to you yesterday”.

I find these phrases much more personal. Do you agree?



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  1. Klaus Heller

    Hi Christine,
    that´s right. Need these words as often as you can.
    Not only in mails or letters. Everywhere in your life
    and situations in your working place.
    Nice day and “thank you” for your reminder to use these
    few words.

  2. Christine

    Hi Klaus,

    Thank you for posting a reply. I’m so pleased you like my little ‘reminder’.

    Enjoy the rest of the week.



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Written by Christine Burgmer

11. October 2017