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    kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    Dear all,

    Please help me with this phrase.
    kindly ask you to clear employees to start work
    I'd like to know whether it sounds natural to native speakers and is not ambiguous.

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    Re: kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    Hi,

    It's certainly not natural, and because I don't know the full context it's difficult to say whether it's ambiguous.

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    Re: kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    What I meant to say is:

    I ask your company to authorize our employees (who were earlier trained and certified by this company in doing a certain kind of work) to start doing this work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    Dear all,

    Please help me with this phrase.

    I'd like to know whether it sounds natural to native speakers and is not ambiguous.
    I think this is a good way to say it:

    Could you, please, authorize all certified employees to start work?

    I find it a bit awkward to try to use "kindly ask" for this particular request. I think using "could" and "please" expresses politeness quite sufficiently.

    This is a little stronger, even though "kindly" is included:

    I'd like to kindly request that you authorize all certified employees to start work.

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    Re: kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    Thank you. And how can I use the verb 'to clear' to mean "give official permission for something to be done"?


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    Re: kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    Thank you. And how can I use the verb 'to clear' to mean "give official permission for something to be done"?
    In this case, "clear" means the same thing as "authorize", and I would say that you can replace "authorize" with "clear", but I think that in these sentences "authorize" works better. This is rather subjective. Other might not agree.

    1. I'd like to kindly request that you authorize all certified employees to start work.
    2. Could you, please, authorize all certified employees to start work?

    I would look for examples in some online dictionaries.

    clear: West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Full Article) from Answers.com

    13.

    a. To secure the approval of: The bill cleared the Senate.
    b. To authorize or approve: cleared the material for publication.

    American Heritage Dictionary
    Cambridge ESL Dictionary
    Longman ESL Dictionary
    Longman ESL Dictionary Pictures
    Heinle's ESL Dictionary\
    Macmillan ESL Dictionary

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    Re: kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    Thank you both for help.


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    Re: kindly ask you to clear employees to start work

    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    Thank you both for help.
    Thank you both for helping.

    Use verb-ing after a preposition because the ing form is a gerund. A gerund is a verbal noun, and the object of a preposition is a noun.

    You could, also, say, "thank you for your help".


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