Interested in Language
Dear teachers, is there any plain phrases that can substitute the following jargon:
"Nil reply is required."
Thanks a lot.
Sometimes this phrase is used when a reply must be sent even if the response is nil. It depends a lot on the context.
If you see the phrase on a form containing many questions, it would be expected that you enter 0 in the box rather than leave it blank.
Q1 How many passengers?
Q2 How many are children? (nil reply is required)
This is so they know you've read the question and not just missed it by accident.
buggles (not a teacher)
Last edited by buggles; 22-Dec-2008 at 16:13. Reason: spelling mistake
Aha; why didn't they say they were using code?
I have written a party invitation letter to my friends, and wish that they could give me a reply by ticking the appropriate box in the reply slip: "I would not attend the party" even though they would not come.
In that case, is there any simpler English to replace this "Nil reply is required". Thanks.