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    How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    My professor was supposed to reply to me regarding his decision about my working hours yesterday but he might forgot it I guess. So how to ask him politely by email? Thanks.

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    'I would like to remind you that I am waiting for your decision.'

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZOEYW View Post
    My professor was supposed to reply to me regarding his decision about my working hours yesterday but he might forgot it I guess I think he might have forgotten. So how to can I ask remind him politely by email? Thanks.
    Dear XXX

    I was hoping to hear from you yesterday regarding your decision about my working hours. I would be very grateful if you would let me know your decision as soon as possible.

    Thank you.

    [Your name]
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'I would like to remind you that I am waiting for your decision.'

    Not a teacher.
    Hello, but too short. Is it ok?

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hello. but It is too short. Is it [strike]ok]/strike] OK?
    I don't understand your post. Are you suggesting that you think that MatthewWai's suggestion was too short? If so, I disagree. My suggestion was a little longer but there was nothing wrong with the first suggestion.

    Note that we write in complete sentences in English. We also write "okay" (lower case) or "OK" (upper case) but we don't write "ok".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't understand your post. Are you suggesting that you think that MatthewWai's suggestion was too short? If so, I disagree. My suggestion was a little longer but there was nothing wrong with the first suggestion.

    Note that we write in complete sentences in English. We also write "okay" (lower case) or "OK" (upper case) but we don't write "ok".
    If it is OK, I'm OK too!

    Thank your your revision for my post.

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    I think "I would like to remind you" is a bit rude and inappropriate for a student when addressing a professor. This could be a regional difference.
    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: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This could be a regional difference.
    Do you mean in your region it is inappropriate for one to remind one's senior?

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you mean in your region it is inappropriate for one to remind one's senior?
    No, the meaning is that it might not be inappropriate elsewhere (in other regions) to say "I would like to remind you". It is not inappropriate to remind one's seniors of anything, if necessary. The impropriety is in the phrase, "I would like to remind you."
    That wouldn't go over well in my region either.

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    Re: How to ask my professor politely about his decision by email?

    The professor was supposed to do it, but he didn't. I find it impolite to keep somebody waiting. It doesn't matter how hard he is working. He should have done what he was supposed to do, and he is the one who is impolite.
    For the reasons stated above, "I would like to remind you" doesn't sound rude to me (, at least).

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