I want to send an Email to my professor, and say "Should you have something that I can do, please feel free to assign me task."

I assume that "Should you" = "If you", is that correct?


Should you does serve the same purpose as if you, but the use of should as a conditional clause is unnecessarily formal in most cases. It's technically correct, but a seasoned English speaker would overwhelmingly favor if in this situation.

Also, "assign me task" is entirely awkward and incorrect. You can either rework it to say assign the task to me or use a more casual let me know.

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  • The problem with "to assign me task" is that "task" is both countable and a subsequent reference to an established referent (something that I can do). We want the definite article here: "to assign me the task". – Gary Botnovcan Nov 20 '17 at 15:47
  • They're both valid solutions, but the phrase structure of "to assign me the task" still seems flowery and stilted. Less formal language would suffice and convey a more casual familiarity with English. – user65201 Nov 20 '17 at 17:28

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