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Forum: English Questions Oct 25th, 2019, 05:38 am
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Posted By susan53
Re: Polite Requests

Any time when what is said is potentially a cause of embarrassment for the listener. Eg a request, where they might be "pushed" into having to refuse. Small requests are less likely to be refused...
Forum: English Questions Oct 24th, 2019, 04:08 am
Replies: 5
Views: 139
Posted By susan53
Re: Polite Requests

I talked above about the use of will/would to express volition. The other use is prediction.
Eg: John'll be lying on the beach at the moment makes a prediction about a present event (John lying on...
Forum: English Questions Oct 21st, 2019, 12:09 pm
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Views: 139
Posted By susan53
Re: Polite Requests

Yes - all three are possible. It's nothing to do with grammar but a matter of meaning.

"Can" expresses possibility, so "Can you tell me..." just means "Is it possible for you to tell me..."

in the...
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