Is it correct to use 'we refer to your mail trailing below' or is below redundant here or optional.

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    It's not idiomatic and only borderline understandable, especially without context.
    – Hot Licks
    May 16, 2020 at 15:41
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    Trailing does seem to be used in Indian English, but it's not used this way in Standard English. In Standard English, below is needed and trailing should not appear at all: "...your email below".
    – Andrew Leach
    May 16, 2020 at 16:03
  • Yes@AndrewLeach; the word 'trailing (like trailing mail)' is perhaps the most abused usage by Indians, of late.
    – Ram Pillai
    May 16, 2020 at 17:19
  • The sentence would be fine if mail trailing were an actual noun. I certainly have no idea what a mail trailing might be. If trailing is being used as a verb, it's extremely nonstandard. Pieces of mail aren't normally referred to as trailing something. In short, the problem with the sentence has nothing to do with below, but everything to do with trailing. May 16, 2020 at 18:01
  • @JasonBassford I think it's used in the same way as newlyweds' cars might have cans trailing behind. As you say, mail is not usually trailed.
    – Andrew Leach
    May 16, 2020 at 20:48


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