a gentle reminder

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What does "a gentle reminder" mean?
If I want to remind my professor to sign a form for me before the deadline, could i use this phrase? Thank you.
  • tepatria

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I would not use the phrase gentle reminder in this context. Your professor could take it as sarcasm rather than a sincere desire to nudge his/her memory gently. I would simply remind him of the date of the deadline.


    Senior Member
    UK, English
    "A gentle reminder" is the phrase used to describe the way you politely remind someone; it is not the phrase you would actually say when delivering the reminder.

    For example:
    In the morning, I say to the professor: "I'm sure you won't forget to sign my form".
    In the evening, I tell my friend: "This morning I gave the professor a gentle reminder to sign my form."
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