Why is it correct to say "email me", whereas with the word mail we say/write "mail to me"?
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The only person I know who says "mail to me" is very much not a native speaker of English. "Write mail to me" is only marginally better.
Mail me that package.
Please [write|send] me a letter.
I got lots of mail.
Nobody ever sends me any mail.
Please mail that card to me.
As you can see, there are some differences between how the word "mail" is used vs. how the word "email" is used, but that difference isn't that "mail" takes "to" while "email" doesn't. It's more that "email" is used as the electronic equivalent of not just "mail", but also "letter".
"Correct"? That's just what many people use. If that makes it "correct", so be it.
Some of us can't generate that construct. We just just say "send me mail", always. Well, or "mail me", I guess. I never say "email" at all, really. "Mail" means email. "Snail-mail" is postal mail.
The phrase "email me" is technically incorrect.
"E-mail" is short for "Electronic Mail". Electronic is an adjective, so mail in this context must be a noun (as opposed to the idiomatic verb, such as "I will mail you a letter").
Since mail, in this context, is a noun we need a verb for the sentence. The sentence "email me" is lacking a verb.
It will make more sense if you expand the word email:
"Electronic Mail me" makes no sense.
To correct the sentence we need to add a verb. So the correct version is:
"Send me an e-mail"
Alternatively we can apply the idiomatic verb "mail", since in modern English we use many nouns as verbs (example: "I'll text you after class", "I phoned my father last night", etc). In this case you'd have to say:
"Mail me an e-mail", or simply "Mail me" (assuming they understand that you would prefer an e-mail to courier mail)
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Aug 20 '12 at 22:47
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