Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 1 decade ago

Was I rude? Please answer quickly!!!!!?

I just sent my professor an email, it said," I can't get this file to work on this program, why? thank you." Was that "why?" a rudeish why? should have I said why is that please?, or why is that? Was I rude, should I send her an apology letter? Please Answer me!

25 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Of course that was rude! You wrote to her as if you were her boss! You better call her and apologise!!!

  • jc
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I don't think you meant to be rude, but it probably would really be better to send her an additional email with more details....

    It would probably also help if you called tech support first, got their advice, and then follow up with your professor. Usually, file formats, programs, etc. are the domain of whichever department controls the technical stuff, the professor might not have the access to whatever is needed to help you.

    I would just follow up with a quick email saying that you were a little freaked, and here are a few more details (example: the computer says the file can't be accessed with X program, etc.) ... we're accustomed to people freaking out and needing help desperately, but what really does bother us is when people don't give us enough details to help them.

    Hope this helps :)

    Source(s): I'm an online professor
  • 1 decade ago

    It's fine. Dont worry about it. Just next time remember when you email your professor/teacher you should be pretty formal.

    Instead you should have wrote:

    Hi [teacher name],

    I can't get this file to work on [say name] program. Do you know why?


    [your name]

    Source(s): email teachers all the time
  • 1 decade ago

    Your getting an F

    not rude

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  • undone
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Not rude, short and to the point. Email is different than in person. She likely would not have really read past the why anyway. NOt rude at all. :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    haha.. please calm down, my friend.

    yes, it does sound a little bit too informal for a professor.

    that "why" was perfectly fine for a friend but not so much for a professor.

    i don't think you should go that far as to write an apology letter, but you could explain to your professor that you weren't thinking about it when you were writing that email.

    i think she would understand.

    from what i see here, you are a person who tries to be polite most of the time..

    so this one mistake wont do that much harm.

    take care and becareful (:

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Rude shmood. Don't worry about it. Why? is used all the time by people. It's just getting to the point of the email simply. You don't need to worry, believe me. At least you said 'thank you'.

    Did you know that in French, why? is Pourquoi?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well it wasn't rude. In fact I bet she appreciates the shortness of it. I'm sure she understands what you meant, but if it's eating at you and sending another email explaining yourself will help you feel better, then go ahead.

  • 1 decade ago

    it sounds really normal. youre just asking why you cant get a file to work on a program. it would sound weird if you didnt ask why. dont worry. she wont take it the way youre taking it. and you said thank-you so youre definately being considerate and grateful, not rude.

    P.s. i guess you like youre professor alot huh?

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'll probably be turned into the Yahoo cops for this answer.

    You have social anxiety.

    If your professor gives you the finger the next time you meet ......I know I'm no help.

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