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what does it mean by "Hope this email finds you well"?

It is commonly used as the email opening sentence. Please advise.
It just means 'I hope you are well'.
Anonymouswhat does it mean by "Hope this email finds you well"?
It is commonly used as the email opening sentence. Please advise.



This has long been a standard opening or closing phrase in letters, greeting cards, etc., even before the time of email.
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Would you guys think this is mostly and enquiry about the healthof your correspondent, or about his/her general condition (including financialEmotion: smile)?

As far as I know, well is mostly about health.
Hi,

I'd say that most of the time, it's just a formulaic opening that means nothing. The speaker is not really expecting you to respond

'No, I'm not well. I have a bad rash on my groin. I lost my job last week. My wife ran off with the mailman'.

It's rather like the formulaic greeting 'Hi, how are you?' No meaningful response is expected in most cases.

Best wishes, Clive
Anonymouswhat does it mean by "Hope this email finds you well"?
It is commonly used as the email opening sentence. Please advise.

As a footnote:
The email is presented as an animate object, which will "find" the recipient, like a pigeon with a message.
MrP
Clive wrote,

Hi,

I'd say that most of the time, it's just a formulaic opening that means nothing. The speaker is not really expecting you to respond

'No, I'm not well. I have a bad rash on my groin. I lost my job last week. My wife ran off with the mailman'.

It's rather like the formulaic greeting 'Hi, how are you?' No meaningful response is expected in most cases.

Best wishes, Clive

Perhaps the bad rash on the groin is why the recipient's wife ran off with the mailman?
Nah, I think it's more because he lost his job.
Hello I hope this email finds you well, means just that. That you are addressing someone after a long pause and hope that all is well with the recipient of your email.
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