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    #1

    Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    Hi, I'd like to know the opinion of native people -but everybody please feel free to chip in- regarding the use of "kindly" as a polite alternative to "please".

    First of all, I've only seen it in British English but what I want to point out is that I've never encountered a native person using it. Because of my work, sometimes I receive e-mails from people from China, Pakistan, India, etc. Even though I'm a learner, I can tell they aren't native and they love using "kindly" in this fashion.

    I know that is perfectly alright, it's correct English, maybe a bit old fashioned or something but correct nonetheless. What I'd like to know is if it comes across as too formal or out of place.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    I use kindly in that way all the time but only in business correspondence. I'm a native speaker of AmE but I'm pretty old, so it may be old-fashioned.
    Last edited by probus; 16-Jan-2015 at 05:27.

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    It exists in BrE. I use it, though not often. I am over fifty and it may sound dated to younger people.

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    It's not so uncommon in Canada, either.

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    Hello!
    Could you guys give my an example of using "kindly" and "please"?
    I am usually confused about using vocabulary when I write.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Feb-2015 at 18:14. Reason: Removed link

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    I hardly even use "kindly". Most of the time, the issue has nothing to do with "kindness".

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    Quote Originally Posted by datalia56 View Post
    Hello!
    Could you guys give my an example of using "kindly" and "please"?
    I am usually confused about using vocabulary when I write.
    Thanks in advance.
    You can't go wrong if you use "please" every time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    I tend to use 'kindly' for a change if I've already used 'please' a couple of times in a letter.

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    #9

    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    I often use “most kind of you”, but noticed that often (very often) people give me a strange look when I say that. They are far more likely to answer “you are welcome/you are very welcome” to my “thank you”, and never to my “most kind of you” - not that I expect that, but it puzzles me.

    The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter - 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
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    Re: Does "kindly" as "please" sound out of place?

    Kindly definitely sounds old fashioned or out of place for me. I don't recommend using it if you want to sound normal. (At least in AmE)

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