|Original Word: Informed||Sample Sentence: |
He informed us about the schedule change.
|Formal||Updated||He updated us about the schedule change.|
|Communicated||He communicated the schedule change by voice mail.|
|Notified||He notified us about the schedule change by voice mail.|
|Disclosed||He disclosed the schedule change to us through instant messenger (IM).|
|Educated||He educated us about the schedule change through instant messenger (IM)..|
|Everyday English||Let (me/him/us) know||He let us know about the schedule change after yesterday's presentation.|
|Idioms/Used at Work||Filled (me/him/them) in||He let them know about the schedule change after yesterday's presentation.|
|Gave the lowdown||He gave me the lowdown about the schedule change while on the con-call yesterday.|
|Ran down||He ran down the reasons for the schedule change while on the con-call yesterday.|
|Passed on||He passed on the information about the schedule change.|
|keep/kept/keeping (me/her/us) posted||He kept us posted about the schedule change.|
|keep/kept/keeping (him/them/me) in the loop||He keeps us in the loop about the schedule change.|
|up to date||He is up to date about the schedule change.|
|He gave us a heads up about the schedule change.|
I will touch base with you when I have more information.
The idiomatic forms may be more frequently used than the direct vocabulary.
It is GOOD when your American counterpart says:
"You've kept me in the loop. This meeting is on target."
This is a complement, it's a good thing. It means you are keeping the person up to date and informed about things.
Something is WRONG when your American counterpart says:
"You're not keeping us in the loop. This meeting seems to be all over the place"
This is not a good thing to hear. Your American counterparts are not happy with you and feel left out. This will damage business relationships.