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    preferred usage: "should you" vs "if you"

    In a government office environment, which of the following would be preferred way of expressing the same thought:
    1) "Should you require assistance, please contact me."
    2) "If you require assistance, please contact me."
    I hear "should you" used frequently in the workplace, but I think it sounds stilted, pretentious and possibly even archaic. What do you think?


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    Re: preferred usage: "should you" vs "if you"

    Quote Originally Posted by husseymg View Post
    In a government office environment, which of the following would be preferred way of expressing the same thought:
    1) "Should you require assistance, please contact me."
    2) "If you require assistance, please contact me."
    I hear "should you" used frequently in the workplace, but I think it sounds stilted, pretentious and possibly even archaic. What do you think?
    Either way is correct. Using "should" in place of "if" does add more formality, and could come off sounding as you've suggested it might. I wouldn't call it archaic, however. It's still part of contemporary English, though not used very frequently.

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