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I'm wondering what is the best way to express that an email contains an attachment. I'd like to have a formal example, and an informal example.

For example:

Is this informal?

Attached you can find the document...

Is this too formal? too old school?

Please find enclosed the document...

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Most email applications will have a clear indication (e.g. a clip icon) when the email has attachments. So you don't really have to explain that. Instead, you can focus on describing what exactly is attached to the email. For example:

The attached file is the document that you requested.

The attachment is a draft Power Point presentation.

These can be used in formal and informal emails.

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For informal emails you could use:

I've attached...

For more formal emails you could write:

Please find attached...

For a discussion of enclosed vs attached please see:

http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-teacher/22264-difference-between-enclosed-attached.html

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I agree completely. I often write something like, 'I have attached a quote as discussed'. –  J D OConal Sep 20 '10 at 23:44

You may keep it concrete and polite (usable in formal/informal speech)

  • You may refer to the attached document for details
  • Please refer to the attached document
  • Kindly refer to the attached document

This will also cover your back against users arguing they missed it.

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Informal:

Please see the attached document.

Formal:

Please find attached the agreement.

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