Business & Technical Writing/'Please find attached'


Why shouldn't one ever use the phrase 'Please find attached'?

that is a clause that is tortured in its construction. In addition, the word 'find' suggests that the recipient will have to search for whatever is attached when, in fact, the attached item requires no 'finding' at all. It's far better to say, "I have attached [whatever it is]. . . ."

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Warren D. Miller


I believe I can answer nearly any question about business writing. That goes in spades if the target audience is a lay readership. I make my living writing and speaking. N.B.: I DO NOT ANSWER QUESTIONS MARKED 'PRIVATE' because I believe that knowledge should be shared, not hoarded. I also believe such questions are likely to be submitted by people trying to cheat. In addition, don't waste your time asking me to write something for you. You don't learn anything if I do that. I'm happy to critique something that YOU write, of course. That's the best way for you to learn how to write well.


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