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The first sentence in most cases should be what you require the receipient to do. The rest of the email can then be why you want them to do it. This has the beneficial effect that the receipient can immediately tell from the first line how important the email is, how time sensitive it is, and how much time and other resources they have to commit to resolve/reply to the email. Examples:

* Check issue (from the above example)

* Giving you a routine update (no action required from receipient besides reading the email)

* Set a meeting (receipient needs to determine when they are free to discuss the why of the email)

* Give me permission to do X

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