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Dear Ted,
Please indicate which option is correct.
Option 1:
When I tried to send them to you in a previous e-mail, the e-mail was returned back to me as error because of its size.
Option 2:
When I tried to send them to you in a previous e-mail, the e-mail was returned to me as error because of its size.
Thank you,
Leonardo

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Dear Leonardo:

Please indicate which option is correct.
Option 1:
When I tried to send them to you in a previous e-mail, the e-mail was returned back to me as error because of its size.

*** Do NOT use the first option.  The verb "returned" suggests "back," so in the first
sentence, you are saying the same thing twice.

Option 2:
When I tried to send them to you in a previous e-mail, the e-mail was returned to me as error because of its size.

*** The second sentence is good, but I suggest making it better by adding "an" before "error."

That additional will make the sentence "natural."

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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