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    Default "would encourage"? - polite expression?

    In this example, does "would" mean politeness no conditional nuance?
    like in "I would say..., I would imagine...."? as I haven't found "would encourage" in that kind of polite category examples.


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    .....Your grades have consistently been A's and B's in my class. Since this is the final semester that I have had you in class, however, I do not feel I am the right person to provide information on your leadership skills. I would encourage you to request a reference letter from those teachers with whom you have had the most opportunity to demonstrate those skills..............

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    Default Re: "would encourage"? - polite expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    In this example, does "would" mean politeness no conditional nuance?
    like in "I would say..., I would imagine...."? as I haven't found "would encourage" in that kind of polite category examples.
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    Don't you think that "conditional" structure could be a way to be polite. What I mean is that imagine there are some words missing in that sentence:

    "if I am allowed I would encourage you ..."

    What I am trying to say is that if "I would say..." means politeness that's because it is originally from a conditional context. When we talk "conditionally" we are talking politely. So you don't need to find "I would encourage..." in the list of "politeness" phrases. It is one of them even if it is not mentioned in the list.

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