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We were going to get an e-mail regarding a trip from our school. The next day, our school told us that they've emailed us the list. But I didn't receive any email, so I asked my friend and she said that she'll check, thus I said:

Then tell me after checking.

Then inform me after checking.

What sounds more natural "tell me" or "inform me"?

Thank you :)

P.S. My question is a bit different because that thread is based on the use of "tell" and "inform" in various contexts, but my question is specifically about what sounds better with "checking"..

  • Possible duplicate of Differences between "inform, tell, notify, and instruct" – Xnero Oct 1 '19 at 18:27
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    "What sounds better?" What sounds better to me, might sound utterly annoying to you. You could instead ask something related to ". . . common usage?" which might be more appropriate. To me this sounds better: "Okay, let me know [then/what you find]" – AIQ Oct 1 '19 at 19:34
  • @AIQ I know that your sentence sounds.mlre.natural, but all I'm asking is which one out of the two sounds better... – It's about English Oct 1 '19 at 19:45
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    @It'saboutEnglish The way you have worded your question will be construed as a "proofreading question". You are not identifying a specific problem with the two sentences. Questions like "which is better or what is a better way to say" tends to get closed. If you rephrase your question (identifying a specific problem and which between the two you think is more idiomatic), you will get reasonable number of answers, I think. I am trying to help you. – AIQ Oct 1 '19 at 20:31
  • Have you heard of information theory: sender, channel, message, recipient? inform and tell are two different registers as given in your sentences. – Lambie Oct 2 '19 at 21:57
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Inform is the more formal choice of the two, and is therefore unlikely to be used among friends / schoolmates, as your context specifies.

People generally talk about informing the authority / authorities of some kind, someone who "should know" in order to make a decision or know how to proceed: you inform the police, the teacher, the boss, the client.

There's also the oft-repeated We regret / are sorry to inform you..., which you'll often read or hear (well, hopefully not too often), so that's where you'll encounter that verb as well.

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