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When you greet someone new for the first time, you can say:

Hello John, it's nice to meet you!

But what if you cannot greet somebody in person, when the first contact happens? For example, some other person introduces you via email and then you respond via email and want to say that you are pleased getting to know him. A formal greeting is required in this case. Is something like the following appropriate or are there better ways for saying that?

Dear John, I am pleased getting to know you!

Is this appropriate English anyway?


My question is different to Is “nice to meet you” an appropriate online salutation?, because I specifically ask whether a given sentence is ok. Additionally, the referenced question discusses more the case when saying goodbye, so when the conversation is finished, where there might have been time getting to know each other.

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    This question has been asked before. (Not enough reputation to comment.) Jul 11, 2018 at 18:58
  • @RileyJacob But you just did! Jul 11, 2018 at 19:14
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    I am not convinced by the answers of the question referenced by @RileyJacob. Furthermore, I have specifically asked whether a given sentence is ok. Additionally, the referenced question discusses more the case when saying goodbye, so when the conversation is finished, where there might have been time getting to know each other.
    – Anderson
    Jul 11, 2018 at 19:27
  • @RileyJacob Sorry, I misunderstood. Well done! Jul 11, 2018 at 19:32
  • @Mari-LouA Because you probably wouldn't write that. But maybe something similar like I am pleased getting to know you!?
    – Anderson
    Jul 11, 2018 at 20:07

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The short answer? You wouldn't.

I don't think I have ever read anyone say in an email

I am pleased/delighted to meet/contact you.

If you were writing to someone famous you could start off by saying you were

excited to write to them.

But in the days of social media and Twitter, I think this type of polite formality is virtually obsolete.

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