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I want the person to feel they can contact me directly but also give them the option to get in touch with other colleagues. It is a big benefit to them to have the capacity to contact me directly.

Usually, I would say something like "my colleagues and I" but this time it needs to be less deferential and the emphasis need to be on me.

The below looks wrong.

Please get in touch directly with me or my colleagues.

Does anyone know a formal way of putting the emphasis on me?

  • Why does "Please get in touch directly with me or my colleagues" look wrong to you? – Juhasz Mar 25 at 15:48
  • @Julhasz it sounds juvenile to my ears. – SeanJ Mar 25 at 22:55
  • Not sure why you think your sentence is juvenile - ? It’s perfectly fine English. My suggestion was meant to emphasize you as the preferred contact, but there’s nothing wrong with your original sentence. – Mixolydian Mar 25 at 23:52
  • It may be grammatically correct but lacks eloquence... to my ears at least. – SeanJ Mar 26 at 2:08
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ORIGINAL ANSWER: How about: “Please get in touch directly with me (preferably) or my colleagues if I am unavailable”?

EDIT: now that I understand what the OP is asking about, I no longer think the change I suggested above is necessary. The original sentence is fine. Here is what I said in a comment below:

“Me and my friends” sounds juvenile when it’s used as a subject, because it shows that the speaker doesn’t know the difference between subject and object pronouns. As an object, though, it’s fine- “my friends and me” would usually be preferable but the reverse is not wrong. Likewise, “me or my colleagues” would sound juvenile as a subject but not as an object. The order of words here is fine (“me” first) because you want to emphasize “me” as the preferred contact. (To be clear, I am talking about your original sentence.)

"Please get in touch directly with me or my colleagues" is perfectly correct and "mature" English. Putting "me" first in the sentence (before "my colleagues") is sufficient if you want the person to feel free to contact you or else any of your colleagues if you're not available.

  • That sounds much better. – SeanJ Mar 25 at 15:40
  • @SeanJ I don't see how this sounds better at all. Assuming you don't like your original sentence, all this does is add more verbiage. This version is less succinct, less formal, and more deferential. As far as I can tell, it doesn't address your question. But since you accepted it, I can only think you meant something different than what you actually asked for. – Jason Bassford Mar 26 at 4:24
  • I disagree on the notion that it is less formal. I would always opt for my friends and I but it doesn't suit. Me and my friends is very informal and typical of a child, at least in my age bracket. Adding verbiage formalises the statement. I would prefer something that is succinct and not dressed up. If you have a better answer.... – SeanJ Mar 26 at 9:50
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    “Me and my friends” sounds juvenile when it’s used as a subject, because it shows that the speaker doesn’t know the difference between subject and object pronouns. As an object, though, it’s fine- “my friends and me” would usually be preferable but the reverse is not wrong. Likewise, “me or my colleagues” would sound juvenile as a subject but not as an object. The order of words here is fine (“me” first) because you want to emphasize “me” as the preferred contact. (To be clear, I am talking about your original sentence.) – Mixolydian Mar 26 at 11:09
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    I'll edit my answer and include what I said in the above comment. – Mixolydian Mar 26 at 18:00

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