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    Revert to Someone

    "I will revert to you early next week."

    Is the above sentence an example of business speak? "Revert" is being used to mean "get back," but I can't find this meaning of "revert" on freedictionary.com (revert - definition of revert by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.).

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    Re: Revert to Someone

    Hi,

    I found this on revert (see #4), which is closer to your sentence.

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    Re: Revert to Someone

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    "I will revert to you early next week."

    Is the above sentence an example of business speak? "Revert" is being used to mean "get back," but I can't find this meaning of "revert" on freedictionary.com (revert - definition of revert by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.).

    Thanks!
    Yes, it looks like business jargon to me.

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    Re: Revert to Someone

    I believe this is Indian English - it's the only time I've ever seen it used, but I've seen it used several times by people from India. Don't use it in an American business setting.

    (If you're looking for alternatives: Please response, please reply as soon as possible, please get back to me, please let me know your thoughts, etc.)
    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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    Re: Revert to Someone

    I'd never use that myself, but the person who did is a British lawyer.

    I have reason to believe it's quite standard in companies, as I've come across it on several occasions, but this is the first time I've seen a native speaker use it.

    P.S.: I think you meant "Please respond."

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    Re: Revert to Someone

    Just before I left the Civil Service about three years ago, I started to see this phrase appearing at the end of emails and letters quite frequently. They often said "Please revert to me at your earliest". I tended to take a dim view of the writer(s), mainly for their use of "revert" in this way, but also for the fact that they couldn't even be bothered to write "convenience" at the end!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Revert to Someone

    I did mean "respond" - thank you.

    I agree, ems. At my earliest? Geez.
    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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    Re: Revert to Someone

    I haven't seen this either, and would assume the writer did not know the correct word.

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