Response Vs. Respond – The Common Mistakes Made

One of the common mistakes that I have (primarily) came across in email correspondences is the usage of the words “response” and “respond”. Take a look at the following screenshots of actual emails (and a draft document) that I have received:

mistake_response1Email Correspondence 1

mistake_response2Email Correspondence 2

mistake_response4Email Correspondence 3

mistake_response5Email Correspondence 4

mistake_response6Email Correspondence 5

mistake_response3 Draft Document

The confusion that arises here is likely due to the fact that the writer does not know how to distinguish which one is a verb and which one is a noun. A verb is used to describe an action in a sentence. The word “respond” is a verb, and it describes the action of replying. A noun is used to describe almost everything that we can see or able to talk about, i.e., actions, animals, ideas / concepts, objects / things, people and places. The word “response” is a noun, and  it is a reply or an answer to a question or something that requires a response.

Here’s the corrected grammar of the above emails and draft document:

Email Correspondence 1

I will respond to your email when I am back then.

Email Correspondence 2

Dear all,
I am so sorry for not being able to respond to all of you earlier.

Email Correspondence 3

Dear John Doe,
Thank you so much for the prompt response. Cheers!

Email Correspondence 4

Team,
Please see my responses below…

Email Correspondence 5

Dear John Doe,
Response received from ITD. Please take note of the timetable below.

Draft Document

3. Be able to respond to emergency situations effectively.

 

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18 Responses to Response Vs. Respond – The Common Mistakes Made

  1. Yulia DR says:

    Is it correct? “Text me for quick response”.
    Thank you

  2. meena baser says:

    hello sir
    if we sent massages to someone but he/she didn’t reply. but after some days he/she say hi. then what we should use that “i sent to urgent msg but i don’t get response/respond yet.”
    which is right here?

  3. Glady Villanueva says:

    What is the right sentence?
    Hoping for you quick respond or response?

  4. Glory says:

    Is it correct? “Thank you so much for your prompt response & action”.

  5. Duong says:

    Merriam-Webster has respond as a noun

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/respond

  6. JEN PURIFICACION says:

    which is correct? AWAITING RESPONDS OR AWAITING RESPONSE

  7. charmie says:

    In a liturgy particular in psalm..how should I say it?response? Or respond?

  8. Aleksander says:

    What is right: ‘a response to’ or ‘a response on’?

  9. prem says:

    I have not received the respond yet or response yet.

  10. Mavs says:

    Which of the sentences is correct? I response to your email or I responded to your email?

    • perrinator says:

      Hi Mavs,

      It depends on the context and intention/purpose of your reply. For example, if you are asked whether you have replied to a person’s email, then you can say “I have responded to your email yesterday/earlier” if you have already replied. But if you have not, then you can say “I will respond to your email soon/on (a date).” You can also use the word “reply”, i.e., “I have replied to your email yesterday/earlier” or “I will reply to your email soon”

    • Josmosefidel says:

      Hi Mavs, the statement should be RESPONDED because it reflect on action i.e. Adverb.

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