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    A formal request.

    I work in a company, and when I want my boss or manager to do something for me I write " Mr. X. You are kindly requested to do .....".

    My question is: Is it possible for me to ask them to do something for me by writing,

    1- Mr. X. Could you possibly do ........?
    2- Mr. X. Would you mind doing .........?
    3- Mr. X. Is it possible for you to do ......?

    I find it strange to ask them to do something by writing a question. In addition, I've never read such requests.

    Are there any alternatives that can be used instead of my very-much-repeated structure.

    Many thanx in advance.

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    Re: A formal request.

    I don't see what's wrong with making a request by using a question. Your question would only be rhetorical, you would still get your point across and it would sound polite. I do it all the time.

    Hope this helps!


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    Re: A formal request.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    I don't see what's wrong with making a request by using a question. Your question would only be rhetorical, you would still get your point across and it would sound polite. I do it all the time.

    Hope this helps!
    Thanx Noego,

    Perhaps it's due to my mother tongue, Arabic, because questions aren't usually used in polite requests.

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