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    We have been asked

    We have been asked to respond latest by 13 November.

    We have been told to respond latest by 13 November.

    Are the both sentences OK? Can we use interchangeably "asked" and "told"?

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    Re: We have been asked

    The endings should be "to respond by 13 November at the latest".

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    Re: We have been asked

    You cannot use 'asked' and 'told' interchangeably.

    'Asked to respond' is a request: you have a choice. 'Told to respond' is an instruction: there will be consequences if you disobey.

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    #4

    Re: We have been asked

    Ask can be used as a polite way of telling someone, but the opposite is not the case.

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    #5

    Have/ Have been

    We have been asked to respond latest by 13 November.

    We have asked to respond latest by 13 November.

    I understand the difference between both sentences is that the first sentence says that there is time to respond yet but the 2nd sentence says that time is over to respond. Am I correct? or Is 2nd sentence is incorrect?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Oct-2015 at 08:47. Reason: Merged these two threads based on the same two sentences

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    Re: We have been asked

    See post #2. The time has not expired.

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    #7

    Re: We have been asked

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    See post #2. The time has not expired.
    Does it mean that we can use either of the following sentence:

    We have been asked to respond latest by 13 November.

    We have asked to respond latest by 13 November.

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    #8

    Re: We have been asked

    'Have been asked' and 'have asked' are the passive voice and the active voice respectively, so they mean different things.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: We have been asked

    No. "Respond latest by 13 November" is not natural. I have tried to tell you that.

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    Re: We have been asked

    Read post #2 again. "by latest 13 November" is not natural. We say "by 13th November at the latest".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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