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The word email is a countable noun; therefore, you could say an email or emails. Could you chop the letter e off of it, and simply say mail for email, if context-wise it's easy to understand you are referring to email --- a mail, mails, three mails?

Hiro/ Sendai, Japan
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I think "messages" is more appropriate if you are counting them. For regular mail, you would say "3 letters" instead of "3 mails". So "3 messages" sounds more natural than "3 mails" or "3 e-mails".
Or how about pieces of mail, as in "I received 3 pieces of mail from my mother."

As far as email, I have seen it used as a countable and non-countable noun.
-I get lots of email everyday.
-I have to send out 3 more emails before I go home today.
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AnonymousThe word email is a countable noun; therefore, you could say an email or emails. Could you chop the letter e off of it, and simply say mail for email, if context-wise it's easy to understand you are referring to email --- a mail, mails, three mails?

Hiro/ Sendai, Japan

Hiro,

Unfortunately this is sometimes done i.e. mail for e-mail. Yet, it doesn't seem to sound 'right' when you say mails. *I've got 3 mails. I think it is better to say - I've got 3 e-mails.
Some people do seem to say "a mail" for "an email" (e.g. "I sent you a mail this morning – did you get it?").

I can't quite put my finger on why it's irritating; but it is...

MrP
In my opinion the most correct is e-mail. It seems to me that mails are totally inappropriate to use. When it comes to messages, I believe it is a matter of opinion.

Personally, I have encountered e-mails several times as answers to e-mails I have sent to different persons and firms. For instance, Ladbrokes, wrote me an answer to two e-mails I had sent it, and that 'mail' (for some reason I think it sounds right in this situation) started like this;

In response to the two e-mails you have sent us.....................

X11
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Oh the two words that are missing are mails and messagesrespectivelyEmotion: smile
In France, we say both e-mail/s (I often spell it Email, but this may be just me...) and mail/s, but it's easy because the word "mail" doesn't belong to our language, so it's no big deal to use it in the plural. The purists call them "courriels" - courriers él(ectroniques), which I personally never use, I don't like those "frenchizations" of original words. But then I'm an English fan... Yet I can imagine the linguistic throes the English speaking people can be in when being faced with the dilemma "Shall I add an -s to 'mail'? " Aarrgghh...
X11Oh the two words that are missing are mails and messagesrespectivelyEmotion: smile
The software doesn't like asterisks, X11.

(I'm sorry to tell you it doesn't like Xs much either.)

MrP
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