I just want to know I would like to kindly ask you could you check......? could be a right structure for asking question?



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Too complicated and long-winded is one thing, but it also doesn't sound right - I think it may be because you're repeating "you" twice, though I'm not sure. Try one of these:

  I would like to kindly ask you to check ...
  Would you be so kind as to check ...
  Could I ask you kindly to check ...
  Could I kindly ask you to check ...
  Could you please check ...

If, on the other hand, you want to ask whether somebody has already checked your file, you should go with:

Would you be so kind as to tell me if/whether you have checked …
Could you please let me know if/whether you have checked …
I would [greatly] appreciate it if you could let me know if/whether/when you have checked …

  • But I want to know the third person has ckecked my file or not and lets me know,I don't want to ask for checking
    – HOsseiNSA
    Mar 27, 2014 at 15:29
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    Ooh. That's a completely different sentence then, with a meaning none of us got. Please check my updated answer :)
    – Alicja Z
    Mar 27, 2014 at 15:43
  • I'd class this as a request (for a favour) rather than a true question. You're expecting or at least hoping for willing compliance, not a mere 'Yes' (or 'No!'). Mar 27, 2014 at 16:49

The problem with to kindly ask (apart from the split infinitive, which is cumbersome) is that it says that you are being kind when asking: you are asking kindly. It's usual to ask for someone else to be kind and do something.

I would like to ask [you] could you kindly check......?

However, "I would like to ask" is meaningless, because you are asking. "I would like to ask" is more usefully followed by "but I won't". It's far more likely that the question would be

Could you kindly check ... for me, please?

  • This ignores the 'please' usage: kindly 8. please (often used to express impatience or formality): will you kindly behave yourself!. Collins. Feb 13, 2015 at 14:15
  • On the contrary, "could you kindly check...?" is implying "please".
    – Andrew Leach
    Feb 13, 2015 at 14:56
  • Sorry;your 1st sentence.To quote @tchrist: We kindly request. . . . We politely request. . . . We humbly request. . . . are all frequently seen in formal invitations and such. They are in the “expected” format. As with all language of courtesy, you should not get too worked up over what each word literally means in these frozen, fossilized forms. They have become formulaic, so it is “what people do” on such occasions. I'd add 'We kindly ask ...'. Of course, OP's example does not use this formula. Feb 13, 2015 at 15:30

The structure to asking a question usually goes as [verb] [object].

Do you know the time?

If you would like to be polite, you'd say "please."

Please check . . .

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    No. This (latter) is a request – almost a command – not a question. But then so are most of the examples here. The wrapping of the request in a question-like form of words is a commonly used hedging device. I'd not use a question mark when writing something like 'Could you open the window, please, Jill.' Mar 27, 2014 at 16:53
  • A question may be a request.
    – xserf
    Mar 27, 2014 at 17:01
  • 'Please check ...' certainly isn't a question. At Proofthatblog is 'The biggest confusion will come in determining whether the thing you are asking is a direct question or a polite request. A polite request will not use a question mark but will use a period instead. · Will you please get the attorney’s signature on this pleading and return it to me. (Not really a question because you expect them to do it.) · May I suggest that you research flight times before you book the travel.' Mar 27, 2014 at 22:22

A futher suggestion:

  • Would you be so kind to check ....

Too complicated and not idiomatically correct.


Would you be kind and check


Could I ask you to kindly check...

After reading your comment, perhaps you mean

May I ask you if you have checked my file?

Would you be kind and tell me if you have already checked my file?

  • But I want to know the third person has ckecked my file or not and lets me know,I don't want to ask for checking
    – HOsseiNSA
    Mar 27, 2014 at 15:30

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