Learn English – Is it okay to use the word “letter” instead of “e-mail” regarding to e-mail correspondence

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Could you please advise is it okay to use the word "letter" instead of "e-mail" regarding to e-mail correspondence?

For example, is it okay to use the word "letter" in the following phrase if we are talking about e-mail correspondence: "thank you for your letter".

Best wishes,
Anton

Best Answer

It is best to reserve the term "letter" for actual paper letters sent by "snail mail" (post).

Call an instance of email a "message". (If you simply say "your email" you are not specifying which message; there may have been several.) "Thank you for your message {sent/which I received} on Friday."

Or mangle the language and pretend it's AN email. (The majority of Americans do, though they don't call a letter "a mail".)

"thank you for your latest email" (actually you have no idea whether it was her latest email; she might have sent and received several other messages since sending that message to you)