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    Default Acknowldege + receipt

    I came across one of the old posts which it is closed now, and I couldn't comment and put my question. So, here I go:

    In that post somebody had asked about the correctness of " please acknowledge receipt of ..",

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...edge-same.html


    and the reply was:

    Yes, it's horrid. It's also wrong .

    And this is the example of Longman Dictionary:

    I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this letter.

    Please explain, 1- Why is it wrong? , 2- How come the dictionary example has the same wording. 3, What about " Please acknowledge receiving of " ? is it correct or no?

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    The 'horrid' comment was about the use of 'the same', not about 'acknowledge receipt of'. That's fine.

    Your #3 is not acceptable.
    Last edited by 5jj; 10-Oct-2011 at 21:28. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The 'horrid' comment was about the use of 'the same', not about 'acknowledge receipt of'. That's fine.
    Thank you, I will check it again.
    You #3 is not acceptable.
    And why? [ Grammatically], (just wanna learn more details)

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    Thank you, I will check it again.
    And why? [ Grammatically], (just wanna learn more details)
    We follow "Please acknowledge..." with a noun.

    Please acknowledge receipt of...
    Please acknowledge payment.
    Please acknowledge delivery.

    If you wish to follow it with a verb construction then:

    Please acknowledge that you have received...
    Please acknowledge that the payment was processed successfully.
    Please acknowledge that the parcel was delivered.

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We follow "Please acknowledge..." with a noun.

    Please acknowledge receipt of...
    Please acknowledge payment.
    Please acknowledge delivery.

    If you wish to follow it with a verb construction then:

    Please acknowledge that you have received...
    Please acknowledge that the payment was processed successfully.
    Please acknowledge that the parcel was delivered.

    She acknowledged having been at fault.

    Oxford dictionary

    "having being" is not a verb construction? [ just asking ]

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    She acknowledged having been at fault.

    Oxford dictionary

    "having being" is not a verb construction? [ just asking ]
    Whatever you wish to call it, "having been at fault" works like a noun in this sentence. What did she acknowledge? She acknowledged having been at fault.

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Whatever you wish to call it,
    I didn't know that grammar is at my disposal to call it whatever I desire! In this case I wish to take "receiving" as a noun. [gerund]

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    I didn't know that grammar is at my disposal to call it whatever I desire! In this case I wish to take "receiving" as a noun. [gerund]
    I didn't say anything about what is at your disposal. I just said that the function of "having been at fault" in the sentence you quoted doesn't depend on the name you give to the phrase.

    "Receiving" may be a gerund but it may be something else too. Are you talking about the following sentence?

    I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receiving of this letter.


    It's not a good sentence. "Receipt" is better than "receiving" here. I think "having received" would be OK too, but why make your sentence longer and more complicated structurally when it's unnecessary?
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 10-Oct-2011 at 18:35.

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    Default Re: Acknowldege + receipt

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I didn't say anything about what is at your disposal. I just said that the function of "having been at fault" in the sentence you quoted doesn't depend on the name you give to the phrase.

    "Receiving" may be a gerund but it may be something else too. Are you talking about the following sentence?

    I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receiving of this letter.


    It's not a good sentence. "Receipt" is better than "receiving" here. I think "having received" would be OK too, but why make your sentence longer and more complicated structurally when it's unnecessary?

    Thanks for your time and care. Now it's clear to me and I appreciate your help.

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