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    Please could you ---?

    Do American people say "Please could you ---?", for example, "Please could you check the balance in your account?"
    If they do, how different it is in meaning from "Could you please check the balance in your account?"

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    #2

    Re: Please could you ---?

    I can't speak for Americans, but there would be no difference at all in meaning to a British speaker.
    Perhaps some people might consider that "Please could you..." sounds more polite, since it puts "Please" at the beginning of the phrase. Those same sensitive people might also feel that "Could you please..." had a note of irritation about it, especially if the "please​" was emphasised...
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Please could you ---?

    I would be inclined to put the "please" at the end. Certainly not at the beginning.

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    Re: Please could you ---?

    So if you found "Could you please ...?" in, for example a reminder notice, the sender of the notice would be irritated.
    I guess people who send a reminder are more or less irritated, though.

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    Re: Please could you ---?

    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    So if you found "Could you please ...?" in, for example a reminder notice, the sender of the notice would be irritated. Not necessarily.
    I guess people who send a reminder are more or less irritated, though. Not necessarily.
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    #6

    Re: Please could you ---?

    I have no problem whatsoever with "Please could you ..."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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