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. – gone fishin' again. Jan 11 '15 at 12:20
  • How about "please be informed..."? – Megadeth Jan 11 '15 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"? – Megadeth Jan 11 '15 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? – gone fishin' again. Jan 11 '15 at 14:15
  • @Tetsujin: Oh, not necessarily a specific thing. Just, for example, to remind my advisor of the deadline of submitting reference letters. – Megadeth Jan 11 '15 at 14:19

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.

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  • Thank you so much! I have an additional question: What kind of titles for such an email would you suggest? Much appreciated :) – Megadeth Jan 12 '15 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 Jan 12 '15 at 23:24

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