As much this is but a straightforward question,
it will be a pleasure to be answered as soon as possible.

I am trying to say that since the question is simple enough I wish to get answered as quickly as possible. First, is this sentence grammatically correct? Second, can you suggest a "native" way to ask an urgent response with politeness?


The formulation you quoted is not clear - the problem is not in the grammar of if, but in the misused vocab. Your formulation where you explained what you meant:

since the question is simple enough I wish to get answered as quickly as possible

while rather blunt and not exactly polite is far easier to understand.

It is not really a matter of language, but I don't think that there is a polite way to say: This is an easy question, so the answer should not take too long. The first part makes it impolite, because you are assuming what is easy/difficult for the person who has to answer and what's more that they should make your question a priority.

To be polite you can omit the first part and nicely ask for a quick response. For example:

I would really appreciate a quick (an urgent) response.

Another way is to state that you are in a hurry for some reason (specified or unspecified) a for example:

This matter is urgent for me (because...), can you please respond quickly?

Don't forget that a thank you goes a long way.

You might also find these options from Merriam-Webster useful.


The most polite way is to not actually directly ask for a prompt response, rather you thank them for replying promptly, which implies they should reply quickly.


I have a question about [...]

[...]. I appreciate your prompt response.



Where [...] is the body of your question.

  • I would appreciate a prompt response. – Lambie Mar 9 '17 at 23:09
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    @Lambie I don't think that's as polite - it's more aggressive. – Peyton B Mar 9 '17 at 23:12

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