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    Darlene Guest

    why don't you or could you

    when you make a request, do the following sentences differ in any way?

    1. Why don't you help your mother set the table?
    2. Could you help your mother set the table?

    a lot of thanks in advance

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    Re: why don't you or could you

    Quote Originally Posted by Darlene
    when you make a request, do the following sentences differ in any way?

    1. Why don't you help your mother set the table?
    2. Could you help your mother set the table?

    a lot of thanks in advance
    The two sentences differ a great deal. Depending context and tone, the first sentence is either a simple question or it is a critical remark. The second one is more likely to be a polite request.


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