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Would you please give me a example? #416

  • tvb
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I notice that many people, including the English native speakers, love to use a phrase"Please revert by..."in their emails. I have checked the Cambridge dictionary and found that "revert" should always be followed by preposition"to". Secondly,"revert" does not bear the same meanings as"reply". Please comment if this phrase is acceptable in the real English world.

Could you please give a full sentence or two examples so that I am sure of the meaning you intend?
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Would you please give me a example? #417

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Could you please give a full sentences or two examples so that I am sure of the meaning you intend?
The statment was "Please revert by email". I guess the meaning is :Please reply by email". This was not a typing mistake as I have received similar statements from different persons . It seems very common for people to use "revert" as a replacement for "reply". This is also true for English native speakers. My question was wheather "revert" can have the same meaning as "reply".

One of the meanings of "revert" is to go or come back to an earlier time/state, as in this example about using a dialog on the computer:
"You can revert by clicking Cancel" (meaning go back to the pervious status). So it looks like a portion of that meaning is reflected in this use of revert.
However, using "revert" to mean reply is not part of my native-speaker lexicon, but as you know there is considerable variation in English from region . I'd recommend you stick with "reply" for e-mail and faxes, and that you use "revert" only when the intended meaning is to return to doing or being something (usually something less satisfactory) from an earlier period.
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