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I am applying for PhD, and in the application I am required to write a research proposal.

I asked my thesis supervisor to write a recommendation for me, and he agreed,but he told me that I need to work more on my writing and carefully write my research proposal. He told me to have people read for me before submitting it and suggested that I send it to him so he can review it for me (As a favor. He is a nice guy).

I got his email with feedback on the proposal. In the email he wrote "Here is my first feedback." We discussed the review he made and I made changes and he asked me to send him the new proposal. After I sent the email, he told me that he will read it and give me another feedback that same night. That was about five days ago and now he is on a vacation.

Would it be appropriate to remind him ? I need his feedback because I am trying to submit the application. Should I just submit the application and just assume that he is too busy for me ? I don't want to be naggy and annoying. After all, he is doing me a favor.

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You are seeking an advice on how to communicate with your thesis supervisor. The only one who knows the guy here and is you. – Dmitry Savostyanov Jul 19 '14 at 19:56
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Send an email suggesting you don't assume he will offer any more help, but leaving the door open in case he offers some:

Thanks so much for your help with my proposal. I believe your suggestions have really improved it. Attached is my current version; I will submit it tomorrow evening. Let me know if you have any last-minute suggestions before then.

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Thank a lot. Smart and simple. I will do that. If I don't hear from him I will proceed and submit. – user18244 Jul 20 '14 at 13:47

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