A reminder that please forward the report to me

sunyaer

Senior Member
Chinese
This is a sentence I made up myself.

In an email to a colleague, I wrote:

"This is just a reminder that please forward the report to me."

Is the above sentence correct grammatically and natural with the "that" clause?
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    If you want to use "that" you need to add "you should". And "please" is out of place and awkward in the middle of a verb.

    "This is just a reminder that please forward the report to me." (original)
    "This is just a reminder that you should forward the report to me."

    There are other wordings without "that", such as:

    "This is just a reminder. Please forward the report to me."
    "This is just a reminder to forward the report to me."
    "This is just a reminder for you to forward the report to me."
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    In general, you cannot use "that" directly with an imperative:

    I said that go away. :cross:
    I'm asking you that give me another chance. :cross:
    etc.​

    ("Forward" is an imperative in the original sentence.)
     
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