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    Default Re: I should be grateful if you would?

    [QUOTE=konungursvia;842149]
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    Incidentally, I only hear relatively uneducated AmE speakers double up the conditional: "I would be happy if you would return the form to me" (which ought rightly to be "I would be happy if you returned the form to me." Or I believe I'm right in saying this.
    If a polite request is intended, this form is fine:

    I would be grateful if you would drive me to the airport .
    I don't think he's very ill. I would be surprised if he would die died.

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    Default Re: I should be grateful if you would?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Must be a BrE thing. I would rather hear that they will be grateful, not that they should.
    The use of should first the first person instead of would is mostly found in formal language in BrE nowadays.

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    Default Re: I should be grateful if you would?

    Which is better:

    I would be grateful if you would... (do a favour)

    I will be grateful if you would do... ( do a favour)

    I prefer the second version because I think it sounds more positive/confident.
    'Should', to me, tends to connote the sense of obligation.

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    Default Re: I should be grateful if you would?

    I would use I would be grateful if you would- will sounds strange to me.

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    Default Re: I should be grateful if you would?

    [QUOTE=5jj;842189]
    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    If a polite request is intended, this form is fine:

    I would be grateful if you would drive me to the airport .
    I don't think he's very ill. I would be surprised if he would die died.

    NOT A TEACHER


    I am so grateful to you for teaching me the difference between:

    I should/would be happy if you would visit me. = polite request.

    I should/would be happy if you visited me. = If you visited me (you probably

    are not going to), I should/would be happy.

    (Now I have to edit my original post again. Don't want to mislead any learners

    such as I.)

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