We often use the phrase “I hope” to showcase a feeling of expectation or desire for something to happen. However, this is not considered a very formal way of addressing something, especially in terms of writing. Therefore, this article will be highlighting alternative terms that we can use.
What Can I Write Instead Of “I Hope” In Formal Emails?
In terms of a professional or formal email, utilizing the correct terms and writing in an eloquent manner is considerably important. This article will take a closer look at different phrases, their meanings and how we can functionally use them in our emails. The phrases we will be looking at are:
- I trust
- Barring unforeseen circumstances
- If all goes well
- One would hope
- All being well
- I have high hopes
- With any luck
- I have confidence
- I anticipate
The preferred version is “I trust”. Not only is the saying a tad more formal, but the term “trust” is also considered to be stronger in meaning than that of the word “hope”. The word “hope” can typically convey slight doubt, whereas “trust” conveys a high level of certainty.
When we use the phrase “I trust” we are showcasing a higher level of confidence in the person or situation that we are instilling our trust in. When we write “I trust” we are expressing our belief and expectations that something is true or will be accomplished.
When we use “I trust”, we are placing the imperative on the person whom we are instilling our trust. At the same time, we are indicating a level of respect for the person we are addressing, especially when we are trusting that they will complete a task, handle a conflict, etc.
To help further clarify, here are some examples:
- I trust that you will complete your assignment independently and have it submitted on time.
- I have disclosed my expectations and I trust that I am leaving the business in good hands for the week.
- I trust that you will arrive in a timely manner and that we won’t be delayed because of your tardiness.
Barring Unforeseen Circumstances
“Barring unforeseen circumstances” is another excellently formal alternative we can use. When we write “barring unforeseen circumstances” we are meaning to express that we have every intention to ensure our plans, tasks, etc., are seen through. The only issue that could arise is something entirely unpredictable.
When we write “barring unforeseen circumstances” we are alluding to a confidence that we or someone will complete a task. However, we have made sure to properly explain that the only hiccup we may face is something we couldn’t possibly plan for.
Some examples of how to use this term are:
- Barring unforeseen circumstances, we will be leaving tomorrow at 3 pm.
- Timeliness is crucial and barring unforeseen circumstances, we should be arriving quite promptly.
- Barring unforeseen circumstances, your new home build should be completed by May 1st.
If All Goes Well
When writing the phrase “if all goes well”, we’re expressing that the situation will have a positive result, as long as everything goes to plan. This is another way of saying that we’ve put forth forward-thinking and as long as the unexpected doesn’t occur, everything will be fine.
We often use this phrase when we wish to express that as long as everything happens accordingly, we shouldn’t have any issue fulfilling our task, assignment, etc.
Here are a few examples using this particular phrase:
- If all goes well, we will arrive at the press conference within the hour.
- If all goes well, the new website should be formatted and live by the end of the week.
- If all goes well, we should be doubling our sales in the next quarter.
One Would Hope
“One would hope” is another more formal phrase we can use in place of our original, “I hope”. Often, when we choose to write that “one would hope” we are expressing an expectation or hopefulness that something will happen. This is often something that we feel is correct and should occur.
When we write that “one would hope” we are often trying to convey something that we would like to occur. While this may seem slightly biased, this should not be misconstrued for being rude or selfish.
Some examples highlighting the use of this phrase are:
- One would hope that the employees are able to solve their differences outside of the workplace.
- One would hope that she will realize her actions are negatively affecting others.
- One would hope that this storm soon passes and we’ll be able to soon set up the outdoor patio for tonight’s festivities.
All Being Well
“All being well” is another phrase we can use that adds a level of formality to an email. When we write this, we are meaning to express that if everything occurs as we expect it to or as we’ve hoped it will, we should have a positive outcome.
When we write the phrase “all being well”, we are essentially saying if all goes to plan, if everything goes smoothly or if everything is as it should be. It’s a level of expectation, with a slight timidness that the unexpected always has the potential to occur.
To help further explain, here are a few examples:
- You have given me a lot to consider, but all being well, I will respond with my thoughts promptly.
- All being well, this project should be completed by Friday afternoon at the latest.
- All being well, the company retreat is happening as planned and will commence on Monday.
We can use the term “hopefully” very consistent with the phrase “I hope”. However, this term is thought to be much easier to perceive and understand in a written context. We are expressing our desire or expectation for fulfillment.
When we write the term “hopefully”, we are dictating that we would like for something to occur as we have planned it to, but we are aware that issues may arise and cause a hindrance.
We’ll go over the following examples to help further showcase how to use this term:
- Hopefully, this meeting will occur without issue – as the last two have been absurdly troubling.
- Hopefully, in the future, you will understand the necessity of a commitment to showing up to work in a timely fashion.
- I did reprimand him and hopefully, he has learned from this experience.
I Have High Hopes
When we write that “I have high hopes” we are expressing an abundance of confidence that a situation will occur exactly as we expect or want it to. Often, we use this phrase when we have a strong feeling that something good will happen or that something is true.
We can also write “I have high hopes” when we want to express our need to cherish a desire with esteemed anticipation.
Here are a few examples to showcase this term:
- I have high hopes that the situation will be resolved, without the need for a manager to step in.
- I have high hopes for this company and the trajectory of success we are presently on.
- I understand the importance of the situation and I have high hopes for a positive result.
With Any Luck
We can choose to use “with any luck” in place of our original phrase “I hope” because of the similar meanings. When we write “with any luck” we are expressing our high hopes that something will happen in the way that we have described or expected.
When we use the term “luck” we are describing the force that causes things, especially good things, to happen entirely by chance. Therefore, when we write “with any luck” we are describing our wish that luck will be at least slightly involved in the outcome.
To show how to properly use this phrase, here are some examples:
- With any luck, the build of the new restaurant will be completed ahead of schedule.
- I’m increasingly nervous, but with any luck, we will have a positive outcome to the situation.
- With any luck, the two owners will figure out how to squash their differences.
I Have Confidence
“I have confidence” is a phenomenal phrase we can decide to use in place of “I hope”. While the word “hope” leaves room for tentativeness, the word “confidence” instills trust. To write that “I have confidence” showcases faith in someone or situation.
To say that “I have confidence” in someone or something showcases an incredibly high level of trust. If we have confidence, we are sure in our abilities or the abilities of others.
Here are some examples using “I have confidence” so we can get a feel of how we can use this term:
- I have confidence that you will complete your training and become a very valuable member of this businesses team.
- I believe in your abilities and I have confidence that you can complete this task properly.
- I have confidence that you will pass your driving test and be able to become our newest delivery driver.
The last phrase we will go over is “I anticipate”. When we write that we “anticipate” something, we are expressing something that we regard as being highly probable. This is something that we fully expect or predict will occur as we have planned.
At the same time, when we write that “I anticipate” something, we are expressing something that will act as a precursor or forerunner to something else. We often give advanced thought to something that we anticipate happening.
Finally, we will go over our last examples for this article, explaining the phrase “I anticipate”:
- I anticipate that I will be indicted, so I am going to go to the police station and turn myself in.
- I anticipate a positive outcome to their quarrel, however, if need be, I will step in to mediate the situation.
- I anticipate a favorable decision by the owners, but if I am wrong, I’m not entirely sure what it will mean for the company and its employees.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.