Regarding 'to follow up', I prefer a one-word synonym for want of concision.
Example: I am writing (or calling) to follow up on the earlier missive.

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    Pursue is one possibility. Or follow up itself. – John Lawler Mar 6 '15 at 5:46
  • There is no reason whatever to believe that follow up on needs to be replaced with a single word. It's amazing what people will put up with in the name of some quijotesque crusade against using simple words in simple ways. Phrasal verbs are part and parcel of the English language. They are not something one should try to do without. – tchrist Mar 6 '15 at 18:41

I would say :

regarding the earlier missive; with respect to, concerning. "your recent letter regarding the above proposal" Synonyms: concerning, as regards, with/in regard to, with respect to, with reference to, relating to, respecting, re, about, apropos, on the subject of, in connection with, vis-à-vis (Wikipedia).

pursuing the earlier missive; to carry on or continue (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).


As others have mentioned, to pursue and to follow up are quite standard. Here are a few more related words I remember using when I was working in a Software company:

  • to seek.
  • to track.
  • to trace.
  • to check progress.
  • to get updates.
  • to get status.
  • to send a gentle reminder.
  • to escalate.
  • to torment (a bit too strong!).

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