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preferred usage: "should you" vs "if you"
In a government office environment, which of the following would be preferred way of expressing the same thought:
1) "Should you require assistance, please contact me."
2) "If you require assistance, please contact me."
I hear "should you" used frequently in the workplace, but I think it sounds stilted, pretentious and possibly even archaic. What do you think?
Re: preferred usage: "should you" vs "if you"
Either way is correct. Using "should" in place of "if" does add more formality, and could come off sounding as you've suggested it might. I wouldn't call it archaic, however. It's still part of contemporary English, though not used very frequently.
Originally Posted by husseymg
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