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    insistent but polite request

    Dear all,

    I'm trying to make a polite formal request for the permission to send my paper later. I wrote it like this:

    Would you not mind my sending the paper later?

    Does it make any difference if I write:

    Would you mind my sending the paper later?

    Maybe there is another, more insistent but at the same time polite, way of saying it?

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    Re: insistent but polite request

    It would help to know more about who you are planning to ask

    What about

    Could I possibly let you have my paper at a later date /after the official deadline
    Would it be possible at all to hand in my paper...
    Would you mind if I handed in/sent on..


    Would you not mind my sending the paper later?
    will probably earn you a "Well, dear,as a matter of fact,I would."

    Would you mind my [sending the paper] handing in my paper later?
    is definitely much better.

    Let me know if you need help with this.
    beascarpetta

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    Re: insistent but polite request

    I'm addressing an organizer of a scientific meeting.

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Could I possibly let you have my paper at a later date /after the official deadline
    I like this phrase very much, but it seems to be a little bit more colloquial than "would you mind" and "would it be possible", does it? Then I will probably pick "would you mind" because the style of my letter is quite formal.

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Would you not mind my sending the paper later?
    will probably earn you a "Well, dear,as a matter of fact,I would."
    Would you mind my [sending the paper] handing in my paper later?
    is definitely much better.
    Interesting, in our language we say just the opposite. In response to "Would you not mind ...?" we expect "No, I don't ..." and "Would you mind ...?" may earn both yes and no.
    Last edited by kvvic; 27-Aug-2008 at 16:21.

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    Re: insistent but polite request

    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    I like this phrase very much, but isn't it a little bit colloquial?
    What about

    Would it be at all possible to let you have my paper ...+
    (go for a date such as : around December 24
    the second week of September )




    Quote Originally Posted by kvvic View Post
    Interesting, in our language we say just the opposite. In response to "Would you not mind ...?" we expect "No, I don't ..." and "Would you mind ...?" may earn both yes and no.
    Well, to mind (when used in questions and negatives) means to be annoyed or worried by something

    So this would then translate as

    "Would you not be annoyed...?" , which would , at least to my mind, be quite a provocative question.

    bea
    Last edited by beascarpetta; 27-Aug-2008 at 16:30.

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    Re: insistent but polite request

    Thanks again. Now I understand the meaning of "would you mind".

    Would it be at all possible to let you have my paper
    I think it suits quite well.

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    Re: insistent but polite request

    You are most welcome. Good luck!

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