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Only later did I realize that what the admin really wanted to know was the name of the student host! Do You Use "Who" or "That" to Refer to People? There are so many things we shorten with email or phrases we use which we don't use elsewhere. Posted by: Emmanuel Cequena | January 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM Hi, Emmanuel.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful example. You are absolutely right to call it a habit, because it is really easy to notice that just a few people use it and very frequently. Posted by: Carolina | January 06, 2011 at 09:38 AM Hi, Carolina. Hey Lynn, please advise :-) Posted by: Marco Rinaudo | June 27, 2009 at 08:08 PM Marco, I am all for googling, and I use google as a verb.

I can't stand "Please advise" not only because it is grammatically incorrect, but also because it seems quite passive aggressive to me- almost like a backhanded attempt to politely ask for I agree. While I agree with most of the statements in your article, I find it odd that we should reject this commonly used phrase simply based on the fact that it is

Why use some bloated sentence when two words will suffice? I googled it becauise it is always flagged as a grammar error. Too many people find the expression irritating or vague. These days, with no additional cost you can add us or me and have a clear, complete sentence: "Please advise us of the shipping status." It's time to break those old,

This phrase is still in use in the military today, and is probably equally common in other radio intensive fields (police department, fire department, etc). So, you can say: "I advise against smoking". As for the "rest of us"...I don't need to pretend, as I genuinely respect my business associates...and my wife - so I would say; "good manners - is good practice". Posted by: Justin | January 07, 2011 at 08:38 AM Hi, Justin.

I have "googled" it to be sure that I made sense as I'm worried my American buyer will be confused (I'm from the Philippines). I'll often receive an email from my superior about upcoming changes that will be implemented, ending with "please advise," as though it means "be aware" of the changes. Posted by: Lynn | June 05, 2009 at 10:14 AM It looks like some people don’t realize that “I googled” is as inappropriate as “Please advise” at the bottom of an Lynn Posted by: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston | August 01, 2010 at 07:54 PM Thanks for your article!!

Thank you for raising the issue so tactfully. Really helpful. Posted by: Alex | March 17, 2011 at 06:49 PM Please advice myself on how to right a formal bizness letter k? Posted by: Eddie | November 04, 2011 at 02:12 PM Eddie, thank you for the hearty laugh.

Posted by: DM | May 09, 2011 at 09:03 AM Alex, somehow I missed your comment in March. Posted by: Sullivan Miles Lane | March 30, 2009 at 12:37 PM Can someone please advise on some alternatives at your earliest convenience Posted by: moveonup | April 08, 2009 at Lynn Posted by: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston | January 25, 2011 at 04:35 PM Hi Lynn, I googled this post after looking through a series of emails from a client, all of which Besides its being incorrect, the phrase "Please advise" irritates and confuses many people, as you can see in the comments above.

over a year ago See all questions (6) Browse nearby Hotels (45) | Restaurants (665) | Things to Do (235) Also show Hotels Restaurants Things to Do Also show MapSatellite Map I think of the statement as rude and irritating. During WWII "radio speak" was developed into an artform and it was important to have a quick version of saying "I need and am expecting you to give me further instructions My boss actually taught me the other way (it is completly wrong...) Just like Wes, when I first joined the corporate world a year ago, I adopted "Please advise" after receiving

I believe you mean that email demands good grammar because it is so easily misinterpreted. Posted by: Wes | September 26, 2008 at 01:39 PM At my former job in IT, "please advise" became a bane of my existence. Please advise." Why not just say, "Fix my mouse now, IT slave." Something else I've noticed in my experience is that men tend to use this phrase much more than women

For example, in the sentence I gave in the paragraph above, you might also write "Please reply . . . " or "Please send me . . . "--whatever fits the

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  3. During WWII "radio speak" was developed into an artform and it was important to have a quick version of saying "I need and am expecting you to give me further instructions

Posted by: Justin | January 07, 2011 at 08:38 AM Hi, Justin. advise on legal issues. F. How to Introduce Two People in Writing Can You Find The Errors?

I've seen people come in shorts and tee shirts too. Lynn Posted by: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston | January 03, 2012 at 06:44 PM Thank you for your time and patience to explain this phenomenon of business writing culture. How about taking the extra time to write something like "Please respond to this email when you have a moment."? Mix it up a bit.

Posted by: Lynn | April 27, 2009 at 10:33 PM What about "please advice"? I would rather add a few words and keep my readers happy. I find that the misused "advise" is often to be found in emails alongside a misuse of the reflexive pronoun ("please advise myself"). Thank you for making that important point.

Posted by: Lynn | December 30, 2008 at 01:58 PM This is an awesome post. Lynn Posted by: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston | September 07, 2011 at 01:15 PM Please advise is not an outdated term. Posted by: Adam Cavotta | July 23, 2010 at 04:05 PM Hi Samantha. It's like my leaving the kitchen drawers open--not a terrible, serious problem.