Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    12
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammatically ?

    Please tell me.

    If we have to change wait here into polite request the what are the ways to do that e.g please wait here.

  2. #2
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    Please wait here! - order;
    Could you please wait here? - polite request.



    I.

  3. #3
    colloquium is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    812
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    Can you please give me a glass of water is grammatically correct, but it sounds like an impatient demand.

    Could I have/I would like a glass of water please sounds more polite (in my opinion).


    As for a politer version of wait here perhaps try something less formal like could you please hang on here for a minute/short while.

    I'm not a teacher.

  4. #4
    whitemoon's Avatar
    whitemoon is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Burmese
      • Home Country:
      • Myanmar
      • Current Location:
      • Myanmar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    609
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    What I understand-
    Wait here. (order)
    Please wait here. (request)
    Could you please wait here? (polite request)

  5. #5
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Can you please give me a glass of water is grammatically correct, but it sounds like an impatient demand.

    Could I have/I would like a glass of water please sounds more polite (in my opinion). It does, could is fairly polite. More than can, anyway.


    As for a politer version of wait here perhaps try something less formal like could you please hang on here for a minute/short while. (hang on in a way implies 'for a short period of time'. Also, informal does not mean politer, at least to me. )

    I'm not a teacher.
    Cheers!

    I.

  6. #6
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    What I understand-
    Wait here! (order)
    Please wait here. (request)
    Could you please wait here? (polite request)

    I.

  7. #7
    Ravindra H is offline Newbie
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Telugu
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    6
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    [quote=youralibaba;332609]Please tell me.

    Your sentence is gramatically correct in case you are impatient with the person. If you prefer to sould polite, please replace 'can' with 'could'.

  8. #8
    colloquium is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    812
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    As for a politer version of wait here perhaps try something less formal like could you please hang on here for a minute/short while. (hang on in a way implies 'for a short period of time'. Also, informal does not mean politer, at least to me.
    I totally agree.

    In this instance I suggested that an informal approach may sound politer because, in this context, it has a less authoritarian tone.

    Also, as you stated, hang on does imply a short period of time, but that is why I suggested such a phrase; it softens the request, though of course it wouldn't be suitable if a long wait were to be expected.

  9. #9
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Also, as you stated, hang on does imply a short period of time, but that is why I suggested such a phrase; it softens the request, though of course it wouldn't be suitable if a long wait were to be expected.
    Certainly, but then the sentence should read:
    Could you please hang on here.
    For a minute/short while makes it redundant.

    The sentence itself does not sound very good to my ear, though. Don't know why, but it looks as if it lacks something. I'd use it solely for phone calls (while omiting 'here', of course).

    I.

  10. #10
    Soup's Avatar
    Soup is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,892
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Please telll me IS "Can you please give me a glass of water" correct grammaticall

    ____________________
    Correction


    Please tell me how to change wait here into a polite request.

Similar Threads

  1. Is the sentence grammatically correct?
    By miniwave in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 23-Feb-2008, 06:40
  2. Grammatically correct?
    By burgerline08 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2006, 00:17
  3. Which is grammatically correct?
    By Unregistered Lina in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Feb-2005, 03:48
  4. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-Dec-2004, 22:46
  5. Feedback/answers must be grammatically correct
    By Anonymous in forum Comments & Suggestions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 16-Feb-2004, 16:10

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •