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Sometimes, there are little things that we would like to write to somebody, but they seem too little to deserve an entire new email.

So we wait for a more important communication to "piggyback" it and add this little piece of additional information.

In speech, I would introduce the minor topic with "While I'm here". Is there an equivalent idiom for written communication? Or does "while I'm here" still work, even if my literal location hasn't changed?

Example:

To: landlord

Good morning,

The technician came and he said the repair will be £350. You might prefer to contact him directly for details.

[While I'm here], I should mention that a couple of letters arrived for you yesterday, but they are most likely spam.

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    Would "by the way" work for you? Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 10:38
  • @michael.hor257k I doubt so: the context is quite formal (I'm writing to an adjudicator adding some information about a complaint)
    – Nicola Sap
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 10:41
  • I don't think by the way is any less formal than while I'm here. For more formal expressions, see: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/60577/… Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 10:46
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    'While I'm at it'? ldoceonline.com/dictionary/while-i-m-you-re-etc-at-it
    – Alex_ander
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 11:10
  • "While I'm at it" seems to remove the "spatial" connotation from the expression, which is what I was looking for. However, in the link you provide, it's categorised as "spoken". By the way, I ended up using "In addition"
    – Nicola Sap
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 11:34

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Sounds like you're describing a postscript.

Good morning,

The technician came and he said the repair will be £350. You might prefer to contact him directly for details.

- Nicola Sap

P.S. I should mention that a couple of letters arrived for you yesterday, but they are most likely spam.

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  • +1 I was just about to suggest this myself. Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 15:43
  • As obvious as it seems, it didn't occur to me right then! Thanks
    – Nicola Sap
    Commented Nov 28, 2018 at 16:52

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