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Consider the following:

Check (out) the portfolio and let me know if you are interested via e-mail.

or

Look at the portfolio and let me know if you are interested via e-mail.

Can I use check, check out or look at?

I need it to be as simple as possible, so take a look is not an option for me right now.

My guess is that look at is the most formal one, so should I use it when talking to a client or is check OK, too?

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What is the intricacy in the use of take a look? –  Noah Jul 25 '12 at 7:50
    
Too many words ;) I have a limited space, to make a long story short. –  Derfder Jul 25 '12 at 7:53
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Check, at least in British English, carries with it the suggestion that the reader should scrutinize the portfolio for errors. Look at is more general. Take a look at is less formal, and could be used in many contexts. Whatever verb you use, your message might have a more favourable reception if you soften the peremptory tone that a direct imperative conveys. You might therefore like to consider these alternatives, or variations of them, depending on the nature of your relationship with the client:

I should be grateful if you would examine the portfolio . . .

You might like to look through the portfiolio . . .

You might find it helpful to look through the portfiolio . . .

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Your alternatives are perfect! –  asymptotically Jul 25 '12 at 7:17
    
Thanks, so I will stick with Look at because of the lack of "space" in my application. But also the other suggestions will be really useful in a conversation. Thanks again. –  Derfder Jul 25 '12 at 7:51
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"Check out" is a better alternative, as it means "to appraise". "Look at" is definitely not wrong, but seems (to me) to be asking for a more superficial answer, which is made just by looking, rather than observing in detail, as "check out" implies.

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