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    Default partial conditionals

    I have heard people say:

    "If you will excuse me please, I will leave you for a moment and visit the restroom."
    and from the Collins Cobuild Dictionary:
    "I wonder if you would be kind enough to reach for my umbrella"
    or:
    "If you will just sign here, we will arange the money transfer this minute"

    which stands in contradiction to what I was taught at school about conditionals. Does politeness justify this kind of sentence? What kind of situation is it used in?

    Please advise,
    Ewelina

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    Default Re: partial conditionals

    They can be used to be polite, when trying to negotiate. They balance the tenses in the two halves to suggest equality of concession.

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