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    #1

    Is it an answer from a native speaker?

    Hello,


    I asked him "Could you proofread my Essay?"


    He answered "Hi, Yes of course I can do. Kindly send me details"


    Especially "I can do". Do you say so?
    And isn't any punctuation required in the first sentence?
    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: Is it an answer from a native speaker?

    It does not sound native to me and my dialect of American English.

    Yes, of course I can.
    Yes, of course I can do that.
    Not: Yes, of course I can do.


    The use of "kindly" suggests Indian English to me.
    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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    #3

    Re: Is it an answer from a native speaker?

    As a BE speaker, I agree with Barb.

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    #4

    Re: Is it an answer from a native speaker?

    However, in BrE at least, it's perfectly acceptable to simply say "Can do" to mean "I can do that [for you]".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Is it an answer from a native speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    However, in BrE at least, it's perfectly acceptable to simply say "Can do" to mean "I can do that [for you]".
    I've heard that in AmE as well. I've even heard "No can do."

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