The phrase people use when they want others to email or call them is "Please call/email me at […]." It got me thinking about faxing.

Since fax numbers are like phone numbers, do you say, "please fax it to me at number xxx-xxx-xxxx" or "please fax it to me to number xxx-xxx-xxxx"?


In US usage there's a simple rule: use to with either the recipient or the address, unless both recipient and address are specified, in which case use at with the address

Fax/mail/email/telegraph/send/dispatch a communication

  1. To the recipient, or
  2. To the address, or
  3. To the recipient at the address.

Even if your syntax permits you to reduce the recipient phrase to a bare pronoun, without the to, retain at for the address. Using to gives the sentence a faintly 16th-century ring.

  Fax me your answer ASAP at 555-555-5555.
? Fax me your answer ASAP to 555-555-5555.

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  • Personally, I don't see why fax should be any different to call, ring, phone, contact, etc.. I'd tend to use on for all of them, but I think that may be a predominantly British usage. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 16 '13 at 15:49
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    @Fumblefingers That's very interesting. I don't think I've ever encountered "Call me on ###-####"; in US usage it's almost always "at", and "on" would be used only with a message board of some sort: "You can reach me on Basecamp" or "You can ping me on ELL". I'll modify to say it's US usage. – StoneyB on hiatus Jun 16 '13 at 15:55
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    Unless you want to make "fax" a special case (for no good reason that I can see), I think usage in other contexts was quite well covered by this ELU answer to a related question. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 16 '13 at 16:02

This is one of those areas where more than one preposition could probably be used.

If I were using to, I'd probably leave out the to me:

Please fax it to xxx-xxx-xxxx.

If I wanted to leave in the to me, I'd probably use at:

Please fax it to me at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Using a Google books search, I found instances of both in literature:

Please place this questionnaire in the self-addressed return envelope to be mailed or fax it to xxx-xxx-xxxx today.

If you have a topic you would like us to include in our interactive general session, fax it to me at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

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