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    #1

    more polite

    I would like to know which sentence is more polite.
    1. You should go to bed.
    2. It's time you went to bed.

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    Re: more polite

    I have assumed you are speaking to a child. So, I like #2 and if you are speaking to a child, I would add something endearing such as "honey" or "sweetheart" to make the message a little less blunt, because children are not usually receptive to that message.

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    #3

    Re: more polite

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    children are not usually receptive to that message.
    Truer words are rarely spoken!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: more polite

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I have assumed you are speaking to a child. So, I like #2 and if you are speaking to a child, I would add something endearing such as "honey" or "sweetheart" to make the message a little less blunt, because children are not usually receptive to that message.
    This is very nicely stated. And I would point out that the word "should" usually has no effect when spoken to children -- and especially teenagers!

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    #5

    Re: more polite

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    This is very nicely stated. And I would point out that the word "should" usually has no effect when spoken to children -- and especially teenagers!
    It's a shame that "GO TO BED!" doesn't work! (I don't mean grammatically, by the way!)

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    #6

    Re: more polite

    Eventually they reach a point when you can say "Look, I'm going to bed. Don't forget to turn off the lights."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: more polite

    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    This is very nicely stated. And I would point out that the word "should" usually has no effect when spoken to children -- and especially teenagers!
    The word 'should' was in my opinion the cause of some wars and other ugly things. The problem is that it doesn't mean much.

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