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    Default The Second Conditional

    If we use "could" instead of "can" to be more polite, are we obliged to use "would" instead of "will"?

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    I would/will appreciate if you could ...

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    Default Re: The Second Conditional

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    If we use "could" instead of "can" to be more polite, are we obliged to use "would" instead of "can" "will"?

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    I would/will appreciate if you could ...

    Thanks
    We certainly start such sentences with "I would..."

    I would be very grateful if you could send me the information.
    I would appreciate it if you wouldn't do that.
    I would like to know if he could fix my car on Friday.

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    Default Re: The Second Conditional

    Thanks. Edited ("can" - typing mistake).

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    Default Re: The Second Conditional

    I will appreciate it sounds like a veiled order and is quite strong.

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