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    Hello everyone,

    I've got one question. A collegue of mine said, that it is not polite to use if-clauses in business letters. And if it is necessary then don't use "if" at the beginning of the sentence.

    Is this correct? I think that it is sometimes more polite to use if-clauses.


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    Default Re: if-clauses in business letters

    'We would be grateful if you could...' This order is more common, but I wouldn't go that far as to say the other way round would be impolite.

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    Default Re: if-clauses in business letters

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'We would be grateful if you could...' This order is more common, but I wouldn't go that far as to say the other way round would be impolite.
    Thanks a lot Tdol.
    Would you please say to me which of these sentences would you prefer use?

    1.) If your prices are acceptable, we should be prepared to place a trail order.
    2.) We should be prepared to place a trail order if your prices are acceptable.

    I would use the first one.


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    Default Re: if-clauses in business letters

    I think either could be used, though I'd say 'trial order'.

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    I would personally go for the first. You may also want to use 'will' instead of 'should' as it makes a more positive statement. Positive statements tend to bring positive responses.

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    Default Re: if-clauses in business letters

    Thanks a lot


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    Default Re: if-clauses in business letters

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Thanks a lot Tdol.
    Would you please say to me which of these sentences would you prefer use?

    1.) If your prices are acceptable, we should be prepared to place a trail order.
    2.) We should be prepared to place a trail order if your prices are acceptable.

    I would use the first one.


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    Tdol my grammar days were in the dark ages -
    If your prices are acceptable we will be prepared .. ???

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