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    Modal verbs

    How can I make a polite request using : would you..? Could you...? Can you...? And will you..?
    Thank you.

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    Re: Modal verbs

    Here are some examples:

    1. Would you answer my question, please? - polite.

    2. Could you help me with my cases, please? - polite.

    3. Can you hold this for a moment, please? - slightly less polite than "could". For instance, if you were were asking a close friend or relation to do something, you could use "can you" and omit "please".

    4. Will you take this letter to the postbox for me, please? - slightly less polite than "would".

    You could say that "could" and "would" make the request more "remote", and so more polite.


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