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“Communication [over, by, through, via, with] email”

Which one is more formal - via or by?

Send via email


Send by email

Also, same in case of...

Notify via email


Notify by email


Notify through email

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    Check previous questions, this has most likely been already answered.
    – Kris
    Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 6:34
  • Some people do think that via should generally be used only to refer to the route, not the means. So you run the risk that those people will think you're "wrong". Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 11:17

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Both would be found in a formal context and which you use is a matter of personal choice. I prefer the native preposition because the unnecessary use of Latin words in a modern context,, such as one that talks about emails, sounds out of place.

  • Thanks Barrie. Is "by" apply for the second part as well?
    – krishnajay
    Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 8:51
  • @krishnajay: 'Notify be email'? Yes. Commented Feb 29, 2012 at 9:05

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