What's the difference between those when somebody said:

  1. I'll inform you.
  2. I'll notify you.
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    Did you mean to say I'll notify you? "I'll notice you." sounds weird. – Kris Nov 11 '13 at 5:32
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    You should add more information or context. And as @Kris said, "notice" does seem to be oddly used. – Mohit Nov 11 '13 at 5:53
  • I'm wondering if you might have asked this on English Language Learners, had you noticed that site existed. I hope you don't mind me informing you about ELL. – J.R. Nov 11 '13 at 11:18
  • @Kris yes, you are right. That's the word I'd like to use, modify it right away. – haudoing Nov 12 '13 at 2:12
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    Though I feel said of the down vote, I feel happy to get many help from people. Thanks guys :) – haudoing Nov 14 '13 at 1:41

"Inform" means "tell." It means you give someone new information.

For example: "I'll inform you of the score of the football game." Is the same as "I'll tell you score of the football game."

"Notice" is similar to "see." It means you now know something or see something you didn't know or see before.

"I'll notice you in the restaurant." This is the same as "I'll see you in the restaurant."

Also, "inform" can take an indirect object, with "of", but "notice" cannot have an indirect object. You can "inform me of the news," but you cannot "notice me the news."

  • I am surprised if there really is such a meaning/ usage to notice as "I'll notice you in the restaurant." This is the same as "I'll see you in the restaurant." -- What is the source? – Kris Nov 11 '13 at 5:31
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    Yes: you might say "I noticed him in the restaurant," but it's unlikely to be used in the future tense. By your own definition, you shouldn't know he will be there. – Andrew Leach Nov 11 '13 at 8:07
  • Consider changing the sentence to: "I noticed you ..." is the same as "I saw ..." – Mari-Lou A Nov 11 '13 at 9:11
  • @AndrewLeach It's possible, as part of a larger sentence: "If you are wearing that garish hat, I'm sure I will notice you in the restaurant." – Matt E. Эллен Nov 12 '13 at 13:03

Notice does appear in OED with the meaning of notify or inform, but it notes "now rare". It does cite a recent quotation:

1997 P. Cornwell Unnatural Exposure viii. 189 ‘I assume you've been inside the house.’.. ‘I haven't. Was a neighbour that did. And when I was noticed about it, I called for Norfolk.’

It's unusual enough to give one pause. However that use could be used in the future tense ("I'll notice you tomorrow"), because one might say "I'll inform you tomorrow."

The normal use of notice is what they give as sense 3 (some of which is marked obsolete):

a. trans. To take notice of; to observe, to become aware of.
b. intr. To take notice; to observe or become aware of what is happening.
d. colloq. not so as you'd notice (and variants): not to a noticeable degree.
e. intr. To be seen, to be noticeable, to show.

In these meanings, particularly the transitive use 3a, it would be grammatically correct but semantically dubious to use notice in the future tense. One would not normally say "I'll become aware of you in the restaurant tomorrow".

  • -1 This example is nothing about future tense, esp., in the sense of to see or to inform. Nothing else you have stated helps answer the question. No offense. – Kris Nov 11 '13 at 12:42
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    @Kris Not sure what your comment has to do with the answer. If the example in the question is nothing to do with the future tense, then the meaning I have illustrated here (notify/inform) can still legitimately be used. If it is to do with the future tense, then the meaning I have illustrated here can again be legitimately used. That doesn't stop it being unusual. And if notice does not mean notify/inform but rather sense 3a here, then the future tense is unrealistic [as we agreed in your earlier comment.] – Andrew Leach Nov 11 '13 at 13:13
  • Let's wait till the OP clarifies what exactly he meant to say. – Kris Nov 11 '13 at 13:14
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    OK. Perhaps you'd like to withdraw your downvote then. – Andrew Leach Nov 11 '13 at 13:15
  • Sure, edit your answer to include the argument presented in the comment, and if that works, the down vote will be gone. – Kris Nov 11 '13 at 13:18

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