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On linguee.de I've found a very good translation for attach:

..., die Sie an E-Mail-Nachrichten anhängen möchten.

So, anhängen is the translation for attach.

In real life we usually type to someone:

Attaching a document to the (this) email.

This question is more on formality.

Would it be okay if I type for example:

Mein Lebenslauf hänge ich an diesem E-Mail an.

Is there a more formal way to say the same?

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    "Im Anhang finden sie..." – Em1 Nov 4 '14 at 16:16
  • I use the feniminine artice for E-Mail, thus, I would say: "Mein Lebenslauf hänge ich an diese E-Mail an". Is it also correct to say diesem? – Iris Jan 24 '17 at 13:38
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Your solution looks ok except that you have to write Meinen. A little bit more elaborate and perhaps smoother you could write:

Meinen Lebenslauf füge ich der E-mail als Anlage hinzu.

  • Nice suggestion. Sounds very good as well. – Alex Herman Nov 4 '14 at 15:50
  • @a-herrmann see my comment on the accepted answer for a longer explanation of this. – Felix Dombek Nov 4 '14 at 17:21
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    @a-herrmann It is spelled "E-Mail" (big M). And actually I wouldn't recommend to say "hinzufügen" instead of "anhängen". Anhängen is exactly the right term for this and is definitely preferred. 5pike's answer has another idiomatic (and completely correct) solution. – Felix Dombek Nov 4 '14 at 17:29
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    Oder "beifügen". – Carsten S Nov 4 '14 at 19:40
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Instead of

Mein Lebenslauf hänge ich an diesem E-Mail an.

I'd write

Mein Lebenslauf befindet sich im Anhang.

While not really that formal, it's commonly used and perfectly fine, even for applications.

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    Your suggestion seems to be perfect! – Alex Herman Nov 4 '14 at 15:46
  • @FelixDombek: I think, in your last example, "Meinen Lebenslauf hänge ich dieser E-Mail an.", E-Mail is actually dative. Replace it by a masculine word: "Diese Seite hänge ich dem Leitfaden an." It's dem Leitfaden (dative), not des Leitfadens (genitive). – Oguk Nov 19 '14 at 6:42
  • Note that "Mein Lebenslauf" is nominative; in the first example, the Lebenslauf is the object (which is BEING attached) and you need the accusative "Meinen Lebenslauf...". Also, you got the gender and grammatical case of E-Mail wrong. "Anhängen an" needs dative and E-Mail is feminine, that means "diese E-Mail". (Thanks Oguk) – Felix Dombek Nov 19 '14 at 14:17
  • I hope I do not confuse you totally if I offer another grammatical construction that is very similar to the first: "Meinen Lebenslauf hänge ich dieser E-Mail an." This has E-Mail in the genitive case and skips the preposition "an" (because "anhängen" can be used both ways.) – Felix Dombek Nov 19 '14 at 14:17
  • E-Mail ist feminin, regional auch neutrum (Duden1); @FelixDombek anhängen an wird in dieser Bedeutung mit dem Akkusativ gebildet (Duden2, Bedeutung 3). Es müsste also vollständig heißen: "Meinen Lebenslauf hänge ich an diese E-Mail an." Klingt in meinen Ohren aber komisch, also lieber "Meinen Lebenslauf habe ich angehängt." oder "[...] beigefügt." oder "[...] finden Sie im Anhang." – Raketenolli Jan 24 '17 at 17:00

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