English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Possible Duplicate:
“Communication [over, by, through, via, with] email”

Which one is more formal - via or by?

Send via email


Send by email

Also, same in case of...

Notify via email


Notify by email


Notify through email

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Gnawme, FumbleFingers, Mitch, waiwai933 Mar 1 '12 at 6:09

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Check previous questions, this has most likely been already answered. – Kris Feb 29 '12 at 6:34
Some people do think that via should generally be used only to refer to the route, not the means. So you run the risk that those people will think you're "wrong". – David Schwartz Feb 29 '12 at 11:17

Both would be found in a formal context and which you use is a matter of personal choice. I prefer the native preposition because the unnecessary use of Latin words in a modern context,, such as one that talks about emails, sounds out of place.

share|improve this answer
Thanks Barrie. Is "by" apply for the second part as well? – krishnajay Feb 29 '12 at 8:51
@krishnajay: 'Notify be email'? Yes. – Barrie England Feb 29 '12 at 9:05

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.