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    Default Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    I understand that ASAP means as soon as possible. I want to use ASAP in my emails.

    I am wonder if everyone (US, UK, AU, Canada...?) knows what is ASAP?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    It's not safe to assume that everyone knows something. That being said, I'd be pretty shocked if a coworker or schoolmate tapped me on the shoulder to ask 'do you know what ASAP means?'


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    I am not assuming everyone knows something. I am asking if the english speaking countries knows what is ASAP. For example, Mr stand for Mister. (I think everyone or 99% should know this)

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    It is almost universally known in the US by essentially every adult.

    Be careful how you use it, though. If you're making a request, ASAP can sound rude and demanding. But if you're the one who is providing something, then it will sound responsive.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    I, too, think it is well understood by nearly all.

    I once worked for a company whose purchasing agents would ignore anything marked "ASAP." They wanted a due date.

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    I am not assuming everyone knows something. I am asking if the english speaking countries knows what is ASAP. For example, Mr stand for Mister. (I think everyone or 99% should know this)
    I'm not accusing you of assuming anything. What I'm saying is that I wouldn't assume that everybody in English speaking countries would know it, but I'd be surprised if they didn't. Especially with the prevalence of texting and chat abbreviations, I might be surprised if anybody older than grade school age didn't know what that meant.

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    I think you're fairly safe in writing and the vast majority of people will understand the meaning. However, if you're tempted to use it when speaking, then I think it would depend on how you said it. In BrE, you actually say "Ay Ess Ay Pee" (ie you read out the initials). However, I've heard people from other English-speaking countries say "Aysapp" as if it's all one word. The first few times I heard that, I had no idea what they were trying to say.

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, goodstudent:

    I am replying because I know that you really are a "good student."

    So I just had to gently remind you about a little mistake that many learners make. When you make this mistake,

    native speakers lose a little respect for you. Of course, you already know the rule, but you may have just

    forgotten it. The more you practice English, the less you will make this mistake.

    The rule is: after do/does/did, you always use the base form of the verb. Thus, the title of your thread should

    be "Does everyone know what ASAP means?"

    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    So I just had to gently remind you about a little mistake that many learners make. When you make this mistake, native speakers lose a little respect for you.
    I am afraid I have to disagree with TheParser here. Insensitive native speakers may be amused or irritated by this sort of mistake, but most of us don't lose respect.

    British and American people are notoriously bad at acquiring foreign languages (please forgive the broad generalisation), and many of us have a great deal of respect for speakers of other languages who manage to communicate in English, albeit flawed English, when we cannot speak a single word of their languages.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Does everyone knows what is ASAP?

    Just curious, outside of this forum, do most english speaking people (US, UK, AU, Canada...) would rather prefer not to communicate with someone who speaks/write broken english? I have this thinking that people from some countries would rather not talk to someone who speaks bad english.

    I am happy to be corrected for all my sentences and I appreciate it. Sometimes when I write, I thought I was writing correctly, but I know my english is not good and there is some grammar or other broken english stuff that I cannot detect myself. And I think some sentences will sound funny to native english speakers as no native english speakers will actually say it in the way that I said it. I am happy to be corrected. I am here to learn. :)

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