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    Smile Do you use these phrases a lot?

    Hi, I'm Johnny.

    Even since I came to Philippines, I have heard a lot this question from many people. "How did/do you find Philippines?" When I heard this question, I answered literally how I came to Philippines like the famous quote by Beetles which I found on the internet.

    I knew the meaning of it and I knew how the verb find was used in this question. However, it just sounds a bit strange to me. I wonder if this expression is widely used by many native speakers.

    When I read many business e-mails written by Philippinos, I quite often come across the word 'kindly' and it's used like this, "Kindly do something."
    Instead of 'please', they put 'kindly'. I also wonder many native speakers are using 'kindly' with imperative sentences

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    Re: Do you use these phrases a lot?

    Quote Originally Posted by mhismst View Post
    Hi, I'm Johnny.

    Even since I came to Philippines, I have heard a lot this question from many people. "How did/do you find Philippines?" When I heard this question, I answered literally how I came to Philippines like the famous quote by Beetles which I found on the internet.

    I knew the meaning of it and I knew how the verb find was used in this question. However, it just sounds a bit strange to me. I wonder if this expression is widely used by many native speakers.
    The expression, "How do you find X?", is very common. It means "What do you think/feel about X so far?"

    When I read many business e-mails written by Philippinos, I quite often come across the word 'kindly' and it's used like this, "Kindly do something."
    Instead of 'please', they put 'kindly'. I also wonder many native speakers are using 'kindly' with imperative sentences
    Yes, it's common. It means " Please be so kind as to do something."
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    Re: Do you use these phrases a lot?

    I learned something today.
    When I was asked this question, i.e., "how do you find the talk", I was thinking that the asker had made a mistake but he didn't. However, from the very specific context I was sure that he meant "How do you feel about the talk" and answered him correctly.

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