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Which variant is the correct one:

  • email me on xxx@xxx.com
  • email me at xxx@xxx.com
  • email me to xxx@xxx.com

Or should another preposition go there?

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  • Consider the archeological equivalent, "Please mail me at 10 Main St, Smithtown." Clearly "on" and "to" don't fit. However, "Send mail to 10 Main St..." works. – Carl Witthoft Feb 24 '14 at 18:13
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    Welcome aboard. You might also try a visit to English Language Learners. – J.R. Feb 24 '14 at 20:02

In American English we always say email me at.

I think it's fairly arbitrary but, it agrees with the terminology set forth by the @(at) symbol itself.

I believe this was chosen due to the original email addresses being held on servers owned by companies and universities. If you were John who worked for IBM, you could be referred to as John at IBM. Hence John@IBM.com.

These virtual addresses also borrow from terminology from physical and other electronic addresses.

Physical addresses are usually denoted as at. I'm at 473 Main Street. But you can send mail to 473 Main Street.

Telephone usage is likewise ambiguous in this. You can say: I can be reached at (123)456-7890. Or you can say, I can be reached on Ext. 473. In this case it seems to be differentiated by whether or not you are using an extension or line vs the phone number.

  • I don't think so -- I think the "@" followed the "at" usage per my archaeology comment above. – Carl Witthoft Feb 24 '14 at 18:13
  • @CarlWitthoft I edited to clarify I meant agrees with. – David M Feb 24 '14 at 18:15
  • Additionally, I believe it has to do with the original purpose of email. I will expand my answer. – David M Feb 24 '14 at 18:16
  • @CarlWitthoft I've edited and expanded upon your correct statement. Thanks! – David M Feb 24 '14 at 18:23
  • I agree with you in general, but as you hint, you could also use to when coupled with send, as in send it to abc@def.com; but send it to me at abc@def.com. – bib Feb 24 '14 at 18:43

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