Иван Комаров (dfyz) wrote in linguaphiles,
Иван Комаров
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“Kindly” in Indian English

I’ve noticed that Indian speakers of English tend to use the word “kindly” where I would expect to see “please.” Here’s the last example of this I came across: “Kindly take out some time to give your feedback about the contest on the […] forum.” This usage sounds a little unnatural to me, but English is not my mother tongue and my opinion counts for little. Therefore, I’d like to ask speakers of American and British English: Does the above sentence seem odd to you? Which word would you use in this context, “please” or “kindly”?

In case my gut feeling is right and the sentence does sound strange: What might be the reason for Indians to prefer “kindly”? Does it have to do with influence from another language (Hindi, perhaps)?
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