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    #1

    Send him an SMS, okay?

    Does the following request sound natural with 'okay'?
    Send him an SMS, okay?

    Can we sometimes use 'okay' in place of 'please'?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    It works for me.

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    #3

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    I'm old-fashioned. I prefer a request to contain the word 'please'. I would never use 'OK' as an alternative to 'please'.

    Dumbing down, mutter, younger generation, mumble, it wasn't like it in my day, grumble, I blame it on the pill, moan, no manners.

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    #4

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Can we sometimes use 'okay' in place of 'please'?
    I agree with Tdol that your example is acceptable, but I don't think I'd necessarily consider your usage of 'okay' as a replacement for the word 'please'. It could be, especially when spoken with a pleading tone, but it could just as easily be read as some kind of tag or interjection.

    Regardless, it is widely used and commonly heard.
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    #5

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    I wouldn't take it as a replacement for "please" either. I would assume that "Send him an SMS" was an imperative, with the "OK?" as something of an afterthought, meaning "Do you understand?" or even "You will do what I say, won't you?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I'm old-fashioned. I prefer a request to contain the word 'please'. I would never use 'OK' as an alternative to 'please'.

    Dumbing down, mutter, younger generation, mumble, it wasn't like it in my day, grumble, I blame it on the pill, moan, no manners.
    You saying I ain't got no manners, y'old git?

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    #7

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    You forgot to complain that they don't make things like they used to. I always add "and they never did!"
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    Ahhh, nostalgia's not what it used to be!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    It's been a long time since I heard the pill being blamed for society's ills.

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    #10

    Re: Send him an SMS, okay?

    I anticipate thousands of our punters asking 'What pill?'

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