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Sometimes I received emails start with "Kindly notice", and other times "Kindly note", I checked the two meaning on the dictionaries and it seem both of them can be verb and they have similar meanings.

  • Dear, Kindly/please notice that we changed .....
  • Dear, Kindly/please note that we changed .....

notice (verb): to see or become conscious of something or someone. link

note (verb): to notice something / to give your attention to something by discussing it or making a written record of it. link

Which one should I use in when I write emails? and what is the difference in meaning? Are they interchangeable?

Note: there are some posts on the internet regards this, but there are conflicting views.


In the same context, should I use:

  • I noticed there are some changes on the system ...
  • I noted there are some changes on the system ...
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The definitions of the verbs that you quoted explain the difference- in particular, the part to give your attention to something by discussing it or making a written record of it.

If you want to ask somebody to make pay attention to something, to remember it or to make a written note of it, you would say

Kindly note that...

If you want to say that something caught your attention, you should say

I noticed that...

If you want to say that you gave something your attention, that you made a point of remembering something or that you wrote it down, you would say

I noted that...

  • Thank you, Is “Kindly notice that ...” wrong? – Shannak Mar 3 '17 at 9:40
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    It's not grammatically incorrect, but it's inappropriate for that context. Have a look at some of these usages: google.com/… – JavaLatte Mar 3 '17 at 9:43
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Although the words are very closely related, we do not ask a person with whom we are corresponding to "kindly notice" anything. That locution is simply not used.

To notice something is to become aware of it unintentionally. The thing "catches our eye".

If we open the refrigerator door to get the milk, we might notice that the bottle of orange juice is almost empty. We cannot ask someone to become unintentionally aware of something.

Rather, we say kindly note, which can be paraphrased "please be aware of this pertinent fact".

P.S. Imperative Notice that... and Notice how... are often used, but almost invariably in the context of saying words to the effect "while we are looking at X, notice how Y...". In other words, it's an analogue of noticing that the orange juice is bottle is nearly empty when you've stuck your head in the fridge to get the milk.

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