I have just received a CV from India, where it is stated at the end

I hereby declare that information furnished above is true to the best of my knowledge

(emphasis mine)

It sounds terrible to me and I was quite sure it is incorrect way to say 'provided', 'given', 'specified' etc. But after checking on internet, I have found


  1. to supply; provide; give: to furnish information

It still doesn't mean that 'furnished information' is a right thing to say, but it got me wondering. Is this phrase common outside of India? Does it sound right to native speaker?

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    It would definitely read to me like someone who didn't write English as a first language, as I'd usually expect either "the above information" or at the least, "provided". Nov 22 '16 at 15:25

Is it "correct" to say it? - Well your research has already provided the answer to that - Yes.

Is it common outside of India? - Only when speakers of Indian English are speaking/writing outside of India. I'm a native of Britain, and have never been to India, but guessed the speaker was Indian from the title of your question alone, before I read the full context.

Does it sound right to a native speaker? - No. It sounds like Indian English, not "normal" English. I can easily understand it though.


As a Brit, I would say that it might make sense by definition, but isn't at all something that would be said by a native speaker. This side of the Atlantic at least 'Furnished' is not considered a synonym for 'Supplied' or 'Given'

See the Cambridge English Dictionary entry here: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/furnish

Note that only Americans, and English speakers taught in the American fashion, would use such a phrase.

Perhaps a more fitting sentence would have been:

I hereby declare that, to the best of my knowledge, the information given in the above text is true.

  • Your definition link says "Definition of “furnish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus", which unsurprisingly doesn't contain all definitions. Dictionary.reference.com, if you scroll down to "British Dictionary definitions" from Collins, does include the quoted usage: "to give; supply: the records furnished the information required". Note that Indian English is based on Victorian British English, not American English.
    – AndyT
    Nov 22 '16 at 16:23
  • Dictionary.reference is not a site that I have perticular confidence in @AndyT, I usually chose to stick with the highly respected and world-renowned dictionaries of English origin; Collins, Oxford and Cambridge. And yes I am in fact aware that India was part of our Empire.. and that is where they get their English. Nov 22 '16 at 16:29
  • And what about Collins? You can follow this link if you want, which unsurprisingly has exactly the same wording as that quoted by dictionary.reference.com.
    – AndyT
    Nov 22 '16 at 16:31
  • In my experience I have never encountered the use of the word in that context and thus had no reason to suspect that the Cambridge dictionary was incorrect or missing definitions. Nov 22 '16 at 16:35

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