If you're writing a formal letter, and need the other party to reply as quickly as possible, how can you do it in the most polite, eloquent fashion? No matter how I try to do it, it always sounds too demanding.
Although I understand that you are very busy, I would appreciate it if you could provide a response as soon as possible. I very much appreciate your time.
My exact wording might change according to the circumstances – How well do I know the person? How important is it that I get timely feedback? Is this the first time I'm asking, or the third? What is the situation? Am I planning a reception, or arranging for payments on a loan that is about to go into default?
Those considerations aside, the generic wording I've included at the top of my answer is about as polite as I can muster.
We are looking forward to your earliest response.
We are looking forward to a timely response.
We will greatly appreciate it if you can respond at your earliest convenience.
- An early reply would be appreciated
- I look forward to your reply
- I look forward to hearing from you
- I would appreciate a reply at your earliest convenience
- Your earliest attention would be appreciated
protected by J.R.♦ Oct 8 '16 at 18:11
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