“Double check” or “double confirm”?

How often do you come across the phrase “double confirm”? After we had our dinner last night, I asked my husband whether he had any ideas of what I could write about for this week’s post.

He answered, “Write about the use of “double confirm” and why it’s wrong.”

“Do a lot of people actually say “double confirm”? I don’t remember many people using it back in my former job,” I replied.

“Ever since my colleague mentioned it, I’ve been seeing it everywhere,” he said.

Thanks for the suggestion, hubs.

So, do you know that the use of “double confirm” is actually incorrect? Here are examples of sentences that use the phrase.

  • Hi there, I would like to double confirm whether you have received  my payment today.
  • I need to double confirm with my supervisor before we go ahead with this proposal.

The correct phrase to use is either “double check” or just the word “confirm”. To add “double” before “confirm” is unnecessary because confirm already means getting a final response.

Now, if you’re working in Malaysia or Singapore, it’s acceptable to use it at work among colleagues. Even if it is grammatically incorrect, it has become a way of saying that you want to double check or be absolutely certain about something.

But if you’re communicating with people from outside of the region, it’s best to avoid it. You may also want to avoid using it if you want to appear professional, for example you’re inquiring about a job interview.

How often do you use “double confirm” at work? Don’t forget to share this post with your friends and colleagues who frequently use this phrase. We’ll talk to you in our next post!

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