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    kohyoongliat is offline Senior Member
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    Is 'know' correctly used?

    May I know your date of birth, please?

    Is the sentence correct?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    Yes but I suggest you to change it like this:

    May I know your birthdate, please?

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by playagain View Post
    Yes but I suggest you to change it like this:

    May I know your birthdate, please?
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    I suggest you change

    Both date of birth and birth date (two words) are fine. The former is more common.

    All the best.

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    Hi Casiopea

    Can I conclude that the following sentence is fine and 'know' is not the wrong verb?

    May I know your date of birth, please?

    Regards

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    It's perrrfectly fine.

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    Thanks, Casiopea.

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    You're welcome.

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    How about "Can I know your date of birth?"

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Hi Casiopea

    Can I conclude that the following sentence is fine and 'know' is not the wrong verb?

    May I know your date of birth, please?

    Regards

    Sorry, it's just me, not that language goddess Casiopea . I have to say that I find "know" a little strange here. I don't know the context but if someone were asking me this question in an official capacity ( to get a driver's licence, to register for something etc...) , I usually hear:
    May I have your date of birth, please?

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    Re: Is 'know' correctly used?

    Quote Originally Posted by fiona bramble View Post
    Sorry, it's just me, not that language goddess Casiopea . I have to say that I find "know" a little strange here. I don't know the context but if someone were asking me this question in an official capacity ( to get a driver's licence, to register for something etc...) , I usually hear:
    May I have your date of birth, please?
    What is a friend asks another friend? Or if you consult a fortune teller or geomancer? Would 'know' be appropriate?

    Thanks.

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