I'll check it, ma'am.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by AskLang, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. AskLang Senior Member

    Manila
    Filipino
    If you ordered your secretary to verify whether some payment has been posted or not, would this reply be correct?

    I'll check it, ma'am.

    I just want to know if check alone is enough.

    Thanks.
     
  2. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    It sounds a little odd to me, although I would understand what the person meant. "I'll check into it" would make more sense to me.
     
  3. AskLang Senior Member

    Manila
    Filipino
    Thanks James, it sounded odd to me too. :)
     
  4. Parla Senior Member

    New York City
    English - US
    I agree with James. "I'll check on it" would also work.
     
  5. Fabulist Banned

    Annandale, Virginia, USA
    American English
    Or "check on it." Or "check up on it." But I don't find "check it" to be "odd."
     
  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    AskLang's response is much better than the alternative suggestions ... ... in my world :)

    I certainly wouldn't check into, on, or up on it.

    I'd really expect a simple response, "I'll check..." :)

    Small dialogues such as this are really very difficult to explain, not least because native speakers rarely pay attention to them.
     
  7. mokinga Member

    Australia
    Polish
    Agree :).
     
  8. Pedro y La Torre Senior Member

    Hauts-de-Seine, France
    English (Ireland)
    I'll check on it would be my preferred response.
     

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