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hi there,

I sent a note reminding them to do something. Can I put the beginning sentence in the following ways?

1. Attached please find the schedule for your retention. OR

2. Kindly find attached the schedule for your retention.

Simon
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"Attached please find" sounds more natural to me.

But "for your retention" does not. Do you mean "for your files" or "for your reference"?
Some English usage books say, "Attached please find" is not correct. They prescribe "Attached is / are ... " They say that it is not proper to use 'please find'. They add that it is not logical to ask the recipient to find. I don't know whether other native speakers agree with what the books say.
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It's quite common in the UK to use 'please find attached'...
Nona The BritIt's quite common in the UK to use 'please find attached'...
Hi Nona

It's quite common in the UK to use 'please find attached'. But do you find what the books say is logical? Or do you advise that I should ignore what they say.
Yoong LiatSome English usage books say, "Attached please find" is not correct. They prescribe "Attached is / are ... " They say that it is not proper to use 'please find'. They add that it is not logical to ask the recipient to find.
Well, in many mail applications, you really need to visually look for the attachment, thus why not "please find?"
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The contention of the grammarians is that there is nothing to find. It is enclosed or attached. It's in the envelope. But even in Singapore, it is very common to read "Please find enclosed ..." in letters. And I believe this expression is common even in many other countries where English is used.
Well, who said English was ever logical?Emotion: smile

This is what people say in the real world.
I agree, Nona, that's why I think we should follow accepted common usage.
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