Results 1 to 6 of 6
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2012
    • Posts: 3
    #1

    How to say not to be late politely?

    Hello! I'd like to ask you how to say not to be late for a deadline.
    I need to ask my colleagues to submit a document and I don't want them to be late.

    "I'd like to ask you to meet the deadline."

    Is this sentence correct and natural English? Is there any other better phrase?


    Thank you.

  1. SlickVic9000's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 1,019
    #2

    Re: How to say not to be late politely?

    (Not a Teacher)

    If I wanted to be polite while also conveying the importance of meeting this deadline, I'd say something like:
    "I'd ask you all to, please, be punctual." (I'm assuming they already know there is a deadline)

    Are your colleagues English or Japanese-speaking?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2012
    • Posts: 3
    #3

    Re: How to say not to be late politely?

    Thank you for your reply, SlickVic9000! I'm going to send a notification in English to non-native English speakers by e-mail.

  2. SlickVic9000's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 1,019
    #4

    Re: How to say not to be late politely?

    I was just going to say that if they're non-native speakers, I wouldn't worry too much about sounding "natural". Something simple and direct should suffice:

    "Please complete the document by (insert deadline here)."

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Japanese
      • Home Country:
      • Japan
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Dec 2012
    • Posts: 3
    #5

    Re: How to say not to be late politely?

    I see. I think I'm going to say your first suggestion. By the way, is the sentence I wrote grammatically incorrect?

  3. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,109
    #6

    Re: How to say not to be late politely?

    Quote Originally Posted by masako-y View Post
    Hello! I'd like to ask you how to say not to be late for a deadline.
    I need to ask my colleagues to submit a document and I don't want them to be late.

    "I'd like to ask you to meet the deadline."

    Is this sentence correct and natural English? Is there any other better phrase?


    Thank you.
    I would say that it depends on who is disadvantaged by the document being late. If it's the sender, you can say something like "Late submissions cannot be considered." There's no need to be excessively polite.
    If it's only you who will be disadvantaged, sometimes it's useful to be more polite, but I don't think that is the factor that's most likely to get their documents on time. You should explain why the documents have to be in at a certain time. People tend to be much more motivated if they know why they are doing something.

Similar Threads

  1. Requesting politely
    By Nimbuz in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Nov-2009, 08:15
  2. Speaking politely
    By Hepatica in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jul-2008, 22:16
  3. to say it politely
    By hwhwhwhw in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 25-Jan-2008, 18:51
  4. How do you politely say NO?
    By Quest in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-May-2006, 22:07

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •