How do I ask if a person is available and to inform me, in a polite way?

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    Please let me know when you have a minute. – Hanky Panky Feb 21 '14 at 8:44
  • @Hanky 웃 Panky Nice... – VINOTH ENERGETIC Feb 21 '14 at 8:52
  • Well done @Hanky웃Panky to understand the original question. Why not post as answer? – mplungjan Feb 21 '14 at 9:07
  • Available for what? To speak to you for a minute? To fix your car? To marry you? Are you speaking to the person you want attention from later, or to a secretary, for example? Currently, it's unclear what you're asking. – FumbleFingers Feb 21 '14 at 17:47
  • Not really, he is asking for availability. What he does once this happens is left unsaid, but also not relevant. – Oldcat Feb 22 '14 at 0:51

Please let me know when you have a minute.

  • But we have no idea what exactly OP wants the person to do "when they are available"! It might be for a task that's expected to take a week or more! – FumbleFingers Feb 21 '14 at 16:39
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    This would generally imply available to talk, then the OP can tell that person the task even if it takes very long to finish it – Hanky Panky Feb 21 '14 at 17:44

I would appreciate someone adhering to two guidelines:

  • Be polite: say please and thank you, etcetera.
  • Prepare your question beforehand: Tell them what you want to know, what you hope to accomplish (so the person can confirm you're asking the correct question) and in the case that you simply don't know what to ask about next, tell them what you hope to accomplish and that you need information on how to begin.

Much of learning can be done without a teacher, so we must learn how to learn methodically and constantly develop and improve our methods. This includes the efficient request for information from another person.

Please see this excellent article, "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way":


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