Niwantha
“saying” or “mentioning” - Which is correct in this context? Hi friends, “saying” or “mentioning” - Which is correct in the following context? 1) Please drop an email to John saying that we need the report tomorrow. 2) Please drop an email to John mentioning that we need the report tomorrow. Thanks in advance! Niwantha
Oct 12, 2019 8:00 AM
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Both are equally correct. "Mentioning" sounds a little more casual, but in this case, both sentences sound casual because of the expression "drop an email," which implies something quick and simple. In both sentences, it sounds like the report itself is important (we "need" it), but there's no feeling of urgency or anxiety in the writer's tone. Personally, I would probably choose "mentioning." Both are fine, though.
October 12, 2019
In corporate America it is typical to say "please ping (email, instant message) John to remind him we need the report by the end of day tomorrow." If you are talking third person you would say "I will see John at the 2pm meeting and will remind him that we need the report by end of day tomorrow." In corporate America, it is implied that if you need to mention (remind someone) then there is an urgency to the request.
October 12, 2019
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