Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a friendly reminder

a friendly reminder
1) a non-confrontational way to get someone to remember something
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    • give a friendly reminder to someone
  • Analysis

    The term 'a friendly reminder' is generally used when the reminder isn't very friendly at all. You might get a 'friendly reminder' from a bank or a utility company about money you owe, or a Manager might email you with a 'friendly reminder' that your report is due on his desk first thing Monday morning. These are 'soft language' terms designed to conceal the true urgency of a request or demand by presenting it politely.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The letter I received from the bank this morning was a friendly reminder that my credit card payment is overdue. If I don't make the payment soon, the next letter they send me will not be so polite!
    2. Maria sent me a friendly reminder about her party tonight. I'm glad she did, I had forgotten all about it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The email I sent to the company was just a friendly reminder that the fee they owe me for my services is due at the end of the week. 
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Just a friendly reminder to everyone; please flag up any issues you encounter with the new operating system so we can iron out the wrinkles before we go live with it.
    2. Can you send the client a friendly reminder for our meeting on Wednesday? I hope they haven't forgotten.
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