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" Please ____ ( fill, fill in, fill out) __ ( the ? or no article?) attached form."

Please fill the attached form.

Please fill out the attached form.

Please fill in the attached form.

1) Which ones are right?

2) Do I have to use article "the" in front of "attached"? Please explain.

3) If the form is sent to Molly Smith's Manager, can I say " please fill out the attached form for Molly Smith", even the information is for HR filling?

Many thanks,

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1) To my ear, the versions with "fill in" and "fill out" are both OK. A couple of dictionaries I've just looked at say that "fill out" is mostly North American. I'm British, and, I must say, I've never been aware of that. I'm not sure how acceptable "fill in" is in American English. "Please fill the attached form" is wrong.

2) Yes, you need "the". This is because "form" is a singular countable noun and you are referring to a specific instance (i.e. the form that you've attached).

3) "for Molly Smith" could mean at least three things:

a) The form will, once completed, be forwarded to Molly Smith.

b) The manager is to complete the form on behalf of Molly Smith (in other words, Molly can't do it herself for some reason -- maybe she's away on holiday).

c) The manager is to provide information about Molly Smith.

Presumably context will usually make it clear which is intended. If not, you need more words.
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1.) Which ones are right? Please fill out the attached form.

2) Do I have to use article "the" in front of "attached"? Please explain.

Yes you do need an article as you are referring to a specific form. If you were referring to a general form you would use a* as in please fill out *a form* in this case you are likely referring to information contained on a specific form so you will need to use *the.

3) If the form is sent to Molly Smith's Manager, can I say " please fill out the attached form for Molly Smith", even the information is for HR filling?

Yes you may use the above format for Molly Smith (as long as it is for a third person, meaning that is not your name.)
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Oh I see, so how about " Please fill out the attached form for HR, regarding Molly Smith. " ?

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sarah88Oh I see, so how about " Please fill out the attached form for HR, regarding Molly Smith. " ?

This seems OK to me. It means that the recipient has to provide information about Molly Smith on the form, and that the form will then be returned to HR.
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