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    Question Acknowledge the same

    Hi. Often I receive e-mails with a sentence "Please acknowledge receiving of the same" in the meaning "Please acknowledge receiving this message". Is it correct?

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    Default Re: Acknowledge the same

    I don't like it- I'd use something plainer:
    Please acknowledge receipt of this email.

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    Default Re: Acknowledge the same

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I don't like it- I'd use something plainer:
    Please acknowledge receipt of this email.
    Yes, it's horrid. It's also wrong - the 'same' should refer to something mentioned in the e-mail:

    Later this week, I shall be sending you a formal letter by post. Please acknowledge same...
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    Thumbs up Re: Acknowledge the same

    Horrid and wrong, but - unfortunately - used. Fortunately - not by me!

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    Default Re: Acknowledge the same

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I don't like it- I'd use something plainer:
    Please acknowledge receipt of this email.
    Why no article "the" before "receipt"?

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    Default Re: Acknowledge the same

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    Why no article "the" before "receipt"?
    When it's an abstract noun [='the fact of having received'], 'receipt' is uncountable.

    When it's a concrete noun [=physical proof of purchase], 'receipt' is countable.

    Abstract:
    Please acknowledge receipt.

    Concrete:
    I bought this here last week, but I washed the receipt in my jeans pocket.

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    Default Re: Acknowledge the same

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    When it's an abstract noun [='the fact of having received'], 'receipt' is uncountable.
    "The" can be used with uncountable nouns like "bread". The bread "the bread" is still an uncountable noun.

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    Default Re: Acknowledge the same

    Quote Originally Posted by dihen View Post
    "The" can be used with uncountable nouns like "bread". The bread "the bread" is still an uncountable noun.
    In this case, though, countability is relevant.

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