I hope this finds you well. I wonder if your students have interest in XXX project to help me blahblah...
What does "I hope this finds you well." mean here?
I hope you are in good health when you receive this letter.
this finds you = this letter comes to you
well = in good health.
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'I hope that when you receive this email, you are well'.
It's polite and stylish. It also sounds to me slightly old-fashioned, particularly when written in a modern medium like email.
Best wishes, Clive
In this day and age of abbreviations and misspellings, it's unfortunately one of the many rapidly disappearing expressions of the endangered species we refer to as the English language.
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