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kindly confirm upon reception

Discussion in 'English Only' started by yao, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. yao New Member

    mandarin
    Is it OK to say to say (at the end of an email):

    Please kindly confirm upon reception.


    Is it wrong. Does it sound odd? Alternatives?
     
  2. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Reception is the wrong word in this context.
    Correcting that first....
    Please kindly confirm upon receipt.
    I don't think you need "please" and "kindly".
    Please confirm upon receipt.

    In this form, it's not clear what you want the recipient to confirm. You want to be clear (I assume) that the recipient is to confirm that the e-mail has been received.
    So I would say:
    Please confirm receipt of this e-mail.
     
  3. yao New Member

    mandarin
    So does it make any difference, with or without "upon"?
    Would anyone ever use "upon" in this sentence?
     
  4. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    I don't think it makes much practical difference. To me, "upon" receipt would stress that the sender wants me to confirm receipt immediately—that is, as soon as I receive the e-mail. But I'd actually assume that; if the sender asks for confirmation, he or she is anxious to be assured that I've received the message, and I would not delay.
     
  5. panjandrum

    panjandrum PongoMod

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    For me, it makes a great deal of difference.
    Please confirm upon receipt.
    Confirm what?

    I believe that you want the recipient to confirm that the e-mail has been received. You should be clear about that. I am sure I would understand what you meant if you wrote "Please confirm upon receipt," but to be clear and precise, you need to specify exactly what you want the recipient to confirm.

    That's why I suggested "Please confirm receipt...".
     

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