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    Can I have an update, please?

    Can I have an update, please?

    Can anybody tell me the meaning of the above sentence?

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    #2

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Which word don't you understand?

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    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Which word don't you understand?
    Thanks Dave

    I mean the "update".

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    #4

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Which aspect of the dictionary definitions is causing you trouble? 'Update' could mean several different things. More context would be necessary to decide which meaning it has.

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    #5

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    The person is asking for information/news since they were last informed.

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    #6

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Then may I take 'Can I have an update?' to mean 'Can you give me updated information/news?'

    Not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Yes, but the original sounds better to me.

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    #8

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Yes, but the original is confusing to learners like the OP and me.

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    #9

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    May I say "can I have a new version?" ?

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    #10

    Re: Can I have an update, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    May I say "can I have a new version?" ?
    No. That suggests a document of some kind.
    Please tell me what is new since we last talked.
    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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