On/in receipt of

layman9

Senior Member
vietnamese
Can I use either "on" or "in" in the phrase "in/on receipt of" without changing its meaning? Such as in this sentence:
"On/In receipt of your letter, I immediately came to see your father."
= When I received your letter, I immediately came to see your father.
Thanks for your answer.
 
  • Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    Of the two, only "on" would work here.
    You could also use "upon."
    On receipt of your letter, I immediately came to see your father.
    Upo
    n receipt of your letter, I immediately came to see your father.
    Both of these sound quite formal. I would be more likely to say:
    As soon as I received your letter, I came to see your father.

    "In receipt of" is usually used in business correspondence.
    For example, We are in receipt of your letter dated...
    :arrow: We have received your letter dated...
     
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