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Say Alice sends me an email, with a few other people in the cc list. When I reply-all the email but with the emphasis that it is mainly for Alice's attention, can I say the following?

"Hi Alice, et al"

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  • I see no reason why it couldn't be used in the right specific context. For instance, if Alice and the other were all bibliographers. (Or academics or other people in a field used to the terminology being used in the back matter of books.) Any group of bibliographers would likely chuckle at being addressed that way. But I wouldn't recommend that form of address in general. Aug 27, 2019 at 23:49

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I sent and received many such emails over almost 20 years, and "et al" was never to be seen.


One of the most usual ways to do it is:

Hello Alice,

Hello everyone,

Please be informed that...

If the message needs to be customized for the different audiences, you might use:

Hello everyone,

Please find attached...

@Paul:

Thank you for your support...

@ Alice:

Please remember to ...

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  • Additionally: “Et al.” — which is short for “et alia” — is Latin and is almost never used in spoken English, unless you are reading words that are written on a page. Aug 27, 2019 at 10:41

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