Learn English – Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone)

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Which usage is correct?

  1. Please reply to me as soon as possible.
  2. Please reply me as soon as possible.

In my understanding, people say, "Please reply my mail…" What about the ones I wrote above? I always confused by prepositions. ūüėõ

This is the website I found online: http://forum.wordreference.com/threads/reply-me-soon-reply-soon.2846546/

Thank you!

Best Answer

I don't know where you see "reply my mail". I don't encounter that in America.

Some dictionaries show reply as only an intransitive verb (one that does not take a direct object).
Some mention a transitive usage, but only with a "that" clause (She replied that she was going to come.)

Those that include a transitive usage show examples where the direct object is the content of the reply, not the addressee or the message being responded to.

So, no, I would NOT consider

  • Please reply my email [message]. NOR
  • Please reply me.

to be grammatically correct.

Both of them require "to".

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