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Today I mailed notes to one of my classmates. Under the subject I typed " Reply immediately after receiving". But the thing is, I am a bit skeptical about the grammar of the sentence which I always am when it comes to using English either in speaking or writing. But this time I am asking you native speakers of English.

Would you have said it differently? and my second question is can I reword the sentence in the following way:

Replay as soon as you receive .. Or

Reply just as you receive.

Thanks in advance.

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  • reply immediately is enough, logically speaking, but you can add on receipt, on receiving, upon receiving, upon receipt Also: right away, at once, straight away. Sep 8, 2018 at 15:53
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    You might try: kindly reply as soon as possible
    – Lambie
    Sep 8, 2018 at 16:28
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    Sep 10, 2018 at 14:26

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The difference between as soon as and just as can be illustrated by comparing...

1: John opened the door as soon as I rang the bell
2: John opened the door just as I rang the bell

...where #1 means there was a minimal delay between the two events - presumably because John wasn't far from the door at the time, and he went and opened it as quickly as possible once he heard the doorbell.

But #2 means there was no delay. John must have already been just about to open the door (perhaps he was going out anyway, and had no idea that someone was about to ring the bell).


It's not idiomatic to use just as in OP's context (native speakers would struggle to understand the intent, and might well end up "deciphering" it as Reply in the same manner as you receive [the message] (perhaps, If you got this message by email, reply by email, not by a phone call).

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  • So can I use "as soon as" here? Sep 8, 2018 at 16:45
  • @kuldeep sharma: I suppose if you were my boss, I'd have no choice but to reply as soon as possible after receiving such an instruction - but if you had no such authority over me, and you didn't include that "politely softening" word possible, I'd either ignore it or deliberately wait as long as possible before replying. Without even so much as a please, your Reply as soon as you receive this would strike me as incredibly rude / peremptory. Sep 8, 2018 at 16:51
  • Sorry for bothering you again but How can I add "possible" in the following sentence. " reply as as soon as you receive it" if I cannot so then I think I can add "please" and it wouldn't sound rude e.g. " please reply as soon as you receive it. Sep 8, 2018 at 17:01
  • As @Lambie already pointed out, You might try: Kindly reply as soon as possible. But I'm not here to teach you manners - just to correct basic points concerning idiomatic / grammatical usage in English. Sep 8, 2018 at 17:07

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