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Dear Ted,

I wrote the following e-mail:

Kind Reminder

Dear Chris,
We need the list asap.
Thank you.

I am in doubt whether I should have written instead:

Kindly Reminder

Dear Chris,
We need the list asap.
Thank you.

What is the correct expression: “Kind Reminder”, or “Kindly Reminder”?

Thank you,
Leonardo

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Dear Leonardo:

  Dear Ted,

I wrote the following e-mail:

Kind Reminder

Dear Chris,
We need the list asap.
Thank you.

I am in doubt whether I should have written instead:

Kindly Reminder

Dear Chris,
We need the list asap.
Thank you.

What is the correct expression: “Kind Reminder”, or “Kindly Reminder”?

*** Because "reminder" is a noun, you must use an adjective to modify it.  "Kind" is the correct word.  "Kindly" is a adverb.

The phrase most often use, however, is "gentle reminder."

Ted

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