Robin
mail or send context: someone lives in another country from mine. (1)I am going to mail a gift for someone. I am going to send a gift for someone. -----which one is correct? (2) the gift has not reached the gift has not reached me the gift has not got to me the gift has not delivered to me ----are they all correct and natural? Thank you!
Jul 11, 2015 1:24 AM
Answers · 4
Either mail or send is fine - implicit in the use of 'send' is that you will use some third party intervention for the gift to reach the recipient - and this would be understood to be the mail system, unless you specify some other means. Eg, I am sending a gift to my sister in Australia with my friend, who is going there next month. Be aware that British English speakers are very likely to use 'post' instead of mail. We 'post' letters rather than mail them. And our letters/parcels are delivered by a 'postman', rather than a 'mailman'.
July 11, 2015
You can use both send/mail. Mail specifically refers to the use of a mail system. For (2) - you would say "I haven't received the gift yet" "the gift hasn't reached me yet" "the gift hasn't been delivered"
July 11, 2015
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