Please alert (someone) of (a problem)

If you want people to tell you about something, you can use this expression in formal English:

Please alert Management of any issues with the equipment.

"Please alert (someone)" means "Please tell (someone)." You "alert" people like:

  • the police
  • tech support staff
  • building owners

of things like:

  • crimes
  • suspicious activity in your neighborhood
  • problems with machines

"Alert" is more formal than "tell" and it sounds more serious and urgent.

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