non-count/coount nouns


Is it grammatical to use the word e-mails?

See example:

Should my qualifications suit the needs of your company, I can be reached via e-mail at or through my through my cellphone .
asked Aug 06 '12 at 04:55 Carlyn Guerrero New member

2 answers


You have mentioned only one e-mail Id in your sentence, so it is better to use e-mail and not e-mails.

It is not through my through. It is through and through(Idiom).

link comment answered Aug 06 '12 at 05:30 sanjay Expert

Within the grammar, style, and lexicon community, there is great debate regard email. One camp insists that email is the correct spelling, another camp insists that it is e-mail, and the third camp is taking a wait and see attitude about this relatively new word. It appears in dictionaries both ways, and the various American academic style manuals admit that the matter is unsettled.


My own experience with the word mirrors the trend. As a graduate student 30+ years ago, I was on hand when something they then called ARPAnet was opened to the general campus population -- if we had computer time accounts at Stanford, UCLA, the Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore Lab, or the University of Utah, we could use their computing resources from the Berkeley campus. But for free, we could send something they called e-mail (with the hyphen) to those other campuses. Over time, it appears (to me) that email (without the hyphen) has become the predominate spelling, and the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010) now gives this as the preferred spelling. Nevertheless, the current Associated Press Stylebook (2009) stands by the hyphenated spelling, e-mail.


Regardless of spelling, email (my preference) is a count noun with emails as its plural. As Sanjay points out, your sentence should use the singular.


I hope this answers your question.

link comment answered Aug 06 '12 at 06:59 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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