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    Please help me I must to make these requests more polite:


    1. Can I borrow your car?


    2. Can you lend me your laptop?


    3. You need to work overtime tonight.


    4. You were late this morning.


    5. He's not a good communicator.


    6. That deadline is too tight.


    7. That presentation was full of mistakes.


    8. I'm bored at this party and I want to go home.


    9. What? (You didn't hear.)


    10. Turn that thing down. (Radio)



    EXAMPLE ONE (REQUEST)

    (Rude) Give me a pen, please.

    (Polite) Could you possibly lend me your pen for a second please?



    EXAMPLE TWO (REQUEST)

    (Direct) Can I talk to you?

    (Polite) I was just wondering if I could possibly have a word with you?



    EXAMPLE THREE (STATEMENT)

    (Direct) He's in a foul mood.

    (Polite) He's not in the best of moods. / He's not in a very good mood.



    EXAMPLE FOUR (STATEMENT)

    (In response to a request to do something)

    (Direct) No!

    (Polite) I'm sorry, that's not really possible.

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    Default Re: Polite forms

    You've got four examples. You have a go, following those patterns.

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    Default Re: Polite forms

    Please ,write me examples for 10 requests

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    Default Polite forms

    Please help me I must to make these requests more polite:


    1. Can I borrow your car?


    2. Can you lend me your laptop?


    3. You need to work overtime tonight.


    4. You were late this morning.


    5. He's not a good communicator.


    6. That deadline is too tight.


    7. That presentation was full of mistakes.


    8. I'm bored at this party and I want to go home.


    9. What? (You didn't hear.)


    10. Turn that thing down. (Radio)

    Please anyone help me !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by albisai View Post
    Please help me I must to make these requests more polite:


    1. Can I borrow your car? Could I borrow your car?


    2. Can you lend me your laptop? Would you, please, lend me your laptop?


    3. You need to work overtime tonight. I'm afraid you'll have to work overtime tonight.


    4. You were late this morning. You weren't quite on time this morning.


    5. He's not a good communicator. I'm not sure he is a good communicator.

    This is my contribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albisai View Post
    Please ,write me examples for 10 requests
    You really must try yourself, we are not here to do your work for you.

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    Default Re: Polite forms

    Here's a hint to get you started..."Can I" literally asks "do I have the ability to...?" In most cases, the answer is "yes" (as in "Yes, you have the ability to borrow my car, but that does not mean that I give you permission to do so.") If you are asking for a favor from someone, it is more proper/polite to ask "May I?" rather than "Can I?"

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    You migh be interested in the impolite forms.

    He's not a good communicator -- I am sick of his asinine gibberish.
    You were late this morning -- Where the hell have you been?
    You need to work overtime tonight. -- I am going to crack a whip on your back tonight, slave.
    Can you lend me your laptop? -- This is mine!
    Can I borrow your car? -- Wave goodbye to your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albisai View Post
    Please ,write me examples for 10 requests
    I don't think you quite understand the nature of this site. Native speakers here are not unpaid skivvies who waste their time doing students' homework for them. If you make an effort we will be happy to correct you and put you on the right path. If you don't, maybe some people will do your work for you, but you won't be getting as much out of this site as you could.

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