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    Polite Expressions

    Dear Sir,

    I am enquiring about the appropriateness of using
    Will you do thas..
    Could You do this..
    Would you do this...

    Is "Will you do this" acceptable or is it an impolite order?

    Thank you

    Imad

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    Re: Polite Expressions

    It's more direct and more of an order than the others. With could/would, it is a request and you are giving the person the possibility to decline. There's nothing wrong with using will you if you are giving an order- it's not impolite when you have the authority to give an order.


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    Re: Polite Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's more direct and more of an order than the others. With could/would, it is a request and you are giving the person the possibility to decline. There's nothing wrong with using will you if you are giving an order- it's not impolite when you have the authority to give an order.
    Thank you for explanation.
    How should I reply to somebody who says "Will you..." if I do not like it, or he should not have asked me? I want him to request not to order.

    My appreciation.

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    Re: Polite Expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Imad Mugheer View Post
    Thank you for explanation.
    How should I reply to somebody who says "Will you..." if I do not like it, or he should not have asked me? I want him to request not to order.

    My appreciation.
    You can say, "Sorry, no I can't do that."
    Of course, there are a lot of different contexts.

    Assuming you want to be polite:
    Stranger: Will you help me carry this piano?
    You: Sorry, no, I can't do that.

    A: Will you give me ten dollars?
    B: Why should I give you ten dollars?
    A: I want to buy a pipe and some tobacco.
    B: I can't spare ten dollars [And besides, I wouldn't give it to you anyway.]
    A: Are you sure?
    B: Yes, I'm sure, Now go away! (Other less polite alternatives are available.)

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