“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 that? 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 it is actually incorrect? Here is an example of a sentence that uses this phrase.

  • 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.

However, if you’ve already confirmed something once, and you want to confirm it again, you could use the word “reconfirm”.

If you’re in Malaysia or Singapore, it’s acceptable to use “double confirm” 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.

How often do you use this phrase 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!