I am aware of a polite way to remind my elder, say my advisor, of something important, i.e. "Please be noted ...".

But I am wondering if there is any other way for notifying that is equally polite as "please be noted ..." but not too formal? (I am not sure of whether or not "please be noted ..." is too formal.)

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    'Please note' not 'please be noted'… though that is not a reminder of something they were told earlier, it is to impart new information. Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 12:20
  • How about "please be informed..."?
    – Yes
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:10
  • @Tetsujin: I think it would be improper to remind your elder by saying something like "please note that the deadline is approaching"?
    – Yes
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:12
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    'please be informed' is the same as 'please note' but sounds more like a lawyer telling a client something. Are you reminding him of something he should already know, or telling him something new? Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:15
  • @Tetsujin: Oh, not necessarily a specific thing. Just, for example, to remind my advisor of the deadline of submitting reference letters.
    – Yes
    Commented Jan 11, 2015 at 14:19

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Could I just remind you that ......

May I take a moment of your time to remind you that .......

I hope you don't mind me contacting you to raise the date of (.........) which is the deadline for submitting reference letters?

"Please be informed" or "Please note" seem to me to be too formal and cold and at the same time not respectful enough.

Those would normally be used by a lawyer or government official.

You wish to address an elder/superior to remind them to do something for you so a bit of humility, respect, and a little warmth should provide you with a successful result.

  • Thank you so much! I have an additional question: What kind of titles for such an email would you suggest? Much appreciated :)
    – Yes
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 8:23
  • For such an email to your adviser I would simply put "Reference letter" in the subject line. I would then begin as follows: "With regard to the above subject, I hope you don't mind me contacting you......(as my third example previously submitted above).
    – Morag
    Commented Jan 12, 2015 at 23:24

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