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    make certain

    Please proofread my sentence.
    Could you please make certain again that the door is looked?
    Does it sound natural?

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    Re: make certain

    It's grammatically correct but it's not very natural, in BrE at least. I'd say "Could you please double check [that] the door's locked?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: make certain

    I'd like to add another sentence in this context / connection. Please check. Thanks.

    Would you please check /double check whether the door is locked?

    Is "whether" here OK?

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    Re: make certain

    "Whether" is OK because there are two possible states for the door to be when it's checked - locked or unlocked.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: make certain

    Quote Originally Posted by cubisto View Post
    Please proofread my sentence.
    Could you please make certain again that the door is locked?
    See correction.
    I am not a teacher.

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