After you’ve done something for someone else, when you’re telling them about what you’ve done for them, you might say “as per your request”.
What does “As per your request” mean?
“As per your request” means “You have asked for this. And I have delivered it for you”. It’s usually said in informal situations.
Usually, people who use “As per your request” will be doing so in a professional capacity, it would be a bit odd to say it to a friend!
And of course, it should only be said when a request has been made, saying “As per your request” during a first contact might make you seem unprofessional.
It’s one of those phrases that many people use, but not a lot of people think about. Today, I want to change that.
In this article, we’ll be looking at some examples of how you can use it and explore why people say “As per your request”, and what a “request” even is.
When you will hear “As per your request”?
There are four times when we will be likely to hear “Thank you for your request”.
1. When you’ve just delivered a physical good.
2. When you’ve done a favour for someone.
3. When you’re giving someone some information
4. When you’re responding to a poll.
Unlike some phrases, the meaning will stay the same no matter the context. But still, it’s interesting to explore what might cause you to say it.
Most of the time, people who say it will be trying to get into our good books. They’ll be pointing out that they’ve done a favour for you, and they want you to appreciate it.
4 examples of how to use “Thank you for your request” in a sentence.
We’ve just listed them, but now it’s time to put the four uses of “Thank you for your request” in a sentence!
#1 When talking about physical objects.
The first example of when you can use “as per your request” is after you’ve delivered a physical object that they have requested.
The most common type of business to use “As per your request” in this way would be an online shop.
“As per your request, we have delivered a signed copy of the Bible to your saved address”.
As we can see, the customer has asked the company to provide her with a specific book. The company is telling her that they have done what she has asked.
This could be seen as slightly better than just “we have delivered…” It shows they understand they’re doing this because it’s what she wanted.
#2 When describing a favour you’ve done
Perhaps you haven’t given them something they can pick up, but you have done something for them that they wanted you to do.
“Thank you for your request” will show that you have listened to them and done what you were told. It shows you value their wishes, and don’t want to upset them.
“As per your request, I did not use bleach when I cleaned your bathroom”.
In this example, a customer has given her cleaner instructions on how she wants her bathroom to be cleaned. The cleaner is making it clear that she understood the instruction and is acting on it.
#3 When giving information
Aside from favours and objects, another thing someone might request is information. This could be about a company, yourself, or even about public spending.
“As per your request, here is how much money we give to each school in the area”.
As we can see, someone is asking her local council how much money each school is given. By saying “As per your request” the council worker is saying “I am giving you this information because you have asked for it”.
You could also interpret this as a subtle way of saying “I don’t want to give this information, but I have to”.
#4 When responding to a poll.
And finally “as per your request” could be a response to polling. It’s a way of saying that you’ve read the polls and what you’re about to do will fulfil the survey’s request.
“We put a poll out of Twitter. And as per your request, we will now be playing James Arthur’s new song, booty pop”.
Here, the radio presenter says that he has looked at the results of a Twitter poll, and the song he is about to play was determined by how people voted in that poll.
Alternatives to “As per your request”
As I’m sure you’re aware, there is more than one way of saying “as per your request”. As a formal phrase, it will be useful to know some alternatives that you could use in less formal settings.
“Since you asked so nicely” might be a bit patronising sometimes. But when talking to children, it can be a great way of teaching them the value of manners.
“We’ve listened and now we’ve delivered”. This one might be a bit cheesy, so be careful. But it can make you come across as fun and energetic.
Other ways of saying “as per your request” include “because you asked”, “after listening to your requests”, and “Your wish has been granted”.
What is a request?
What is a “request”? It’s a more exciting word than it first appears to be. When you “request” something, you are asking for it. However, while you can ask a question, you can’t request a question.
Request can be seen as a noun, such as “I have a special request”, this type of noun is an abstract noun as it can’t be touched.
But it can also be a verb, “I would like to request a particular picture”.
These days, social media has brought a slightly new meaning to the word. On Facebook, you send people “friend requests”, and people with a private account (on Twitter on Instagram) can opt to make people submit a “follower request”.
Why do people say “As per your request”?
If I were to ask you “why do people say ‘as per your request'”? Chances are, most of you will respond with “because it’s polite”. And this is true, manners are the glue that holds civilisation together.
However, it’s also a way of showing your listener that you aren’t just doing something because your boss has told you to. You’re doing it because they asked for it, and you want to make them happy.
“As per your request” just means that you have done something for someone else because they asked you to.
This can be giving a material thing, doing a favour, providing information, or responding to a poll.
It’s one of those phrases that many look at and roll their eyes at because it seems to have an utter lack of meaning on the surface. But when we dig below the surface, we can see more than what meets the eye. I hope this article has given you some food for thought, and you will be interested in the language people use to be polite.