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    #1

    Which variant is more proper?

    I would like to ask you if you've done the task.

    I would like to ask you, have you done the task?

    Which of these questions is more proper to use in conversations? The former option seems precise grammatically, but if I have to accentuate the question (not the fact that I would like to ask) it doesn't sound accordingly.

    Or I can use alternatively something else?

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    #2

    Re: Which variant is more proper?

    I would be more likely to use the first version, or even more likely to simply ask 'Have you done the task?'

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: Which variant is more proper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would be more likely to use the first version, or even more likely to simply ask 'Have you done the task?'

    Rover
    Thanks, but sometimes the introductory phrase is needed to begin with... Anyhow, does the latter form appear to be unnatural? I mean, would it hurt the feelings of a native speaker, when said to him?

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    #4

    Re: Which variant is more proper?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMax View Post
    . . . would it hurt the feelings of a native speaker, when said to him?
    Definitely not.

    It would take a lot more than that to hurt my feelings.

    I'd just think you were being unnecessarily verbose.

    Rover

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