In a business scene, we often need to deal with something more complex than some of introductory "business English" texts. More often than not, it isn't as simple as
John: Would Tuesday suit you?
Paul: That's fine with me. Thank you.
John: Thank you. Talk to you then.
For example, suppose I'm arranging a phone call with someone outside our company, possibly in another continent. I have to tell (perhaps via email) when I'll be available for a call and the condition can easily be as complex as:
- It's Wednesday afternoon right now here in Tokyo.
- I'll be available for a phone call for the rest of this week and the next week. (I'm not sure about my schedule for the week after next.)
- I'll be available only after 1pm every day.
- Except, I'll be only available after 3pm this Friday and before 5pm on Tuesday next week.
How do native speaker write for this? In case we use email for arrangement, a single, long and detailed email is preferred over exchanging short ones over and over again.
Native speakers never bother to use a bullet list like the above for arranging a call in a business scene, for good or bad. I'd like to know "plain English" to express the same thing. I don't need comments like "But bullet lists can actually be better than 'plain English'..."