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Hello,

I just came across an email with the following sentence

"We shall check the same and revert at the earliest"

Kindly explain why "shall" has been used and not "will" instead.
Also what is the meaning of revert.

Thanks

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This email is very likely Indian business English, which uses a kind of jargon that may sound odd or quaint to others. "We shall ..." is formal or official sounding, perhaps believed by the author to be formally more correct than "We will ....". "revert" means "reply"; this is an Indian English invention that is not used elsewhere.

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"Shall" is used with the pronouns "I" and "we", and "will" is used with the pronouns "he", "she" or "it".

"revert" means to come back/return/reply (with an answer)

A small additional note.

at the earliest More natural in other regions is as soon as possible.

Clive

GMFF"Shall" is used with the pronouns "I" and "we", and "will" is used with the pronouns "he", "she" or "it"

This is a traditional rule that is now largely discarded.

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This is not the answer i was expecting from the guys who are expert in english.

What should be the correct sentence then?

lvp2478

This is not the answer i was expecting from the guys who are expert in english.

What should be the correct sentence then?

"revert" for "reply" may be considered incorrect by English speakers outside of India/Asia (or may not be understood, though I think awareness of this use of "revert" has increased now). Other than this, the original sentence is not actually incorrect. However, the phrases "the same" and "at the earliest" are a bit jargony, and the overall feel of the sentence is one of dated officialese. More friendly or modern language would be e.g.:

We will check this and get back to you as soon as possible.