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    #1

    do me a favor

    1. Can you do me a favor to send this message to Tim?

    2. Can you do me a favor in sending this message to Tim?

    Which one of the above is correct?

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    a. Could you do me a favor to send this message to Tim?

    b. Can you do me a favor to send this message to Tim?

    Which one of the above is correct?
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    Thank youu

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    Re: do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    1. Can you do me a favor to send this message to Tim?

    2. Can you do me a favor in sending this message to Tim?

    Which one of the above is correct? Neither.

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    a. Could you do me a favor to send this message to Tim?

    b. Can you do me a favor to send this message to Tim?

    Which one of the above is correct? Neither.
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    Thank youu
    "Could you do me a favour by sending this message to Tim?"

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    #3

    Re: do me a favor

    What about:
    Could you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?

    Why is it incorrect with can?

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    #4

    Re: do me a favor

    NOT A TEACHER

    Your sentence is fine.

    Who said it's incorrect with "can"?

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    #5

    Re: do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by bagzi94 View Post
    What about:
    Could you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?

    Why is it incorrect with can?
    It's not incorrect with "can". Most people here answer with the words which come most naturally to them if they were constructing the sentence. I would also be more likely to start it with "Could you do me a favour ..." but that is just because that is how I usually formulate such a sentence.

    Could you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?
    Can you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?

    Those are both fine. They would also be fine with "by sending" instead of "and send" but I prefer the use of "and + bare inf".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's not incorrect with "can". Most people here answer with the words which come most naturally to them if they were constructing the sentence. I would also be more likely to start it with "Could you do me a favour ..." but that is just because that is how I usually formulate such a sentence.

    Could you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?
    Can you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?

    Those are both fine. They would also be fine with "by sending" instead of "and send" but I prefer the use of "and + bare inf".
    OK, I've sent the message to Tim. Now, what was that favour you wanted?

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    Re: do me a favor

    Could you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?
    Can you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?

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    Is it more polite to start up the sentence by using could you?

    Thank you.

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    Re: do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Could you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?
    Can you do me a favour and send this message to Tim?

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    Is it more polite to start up the sentence by using could you?

    Thank you.
    Yes.

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    #9

    Re: do me a favor

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    OK, I've sent the message to Tim. Now, what was that favour you wanted?
    Good point! To be honest, I don't know why we have to make an issue of it being a favour. There's nothing wrong with "Could you send this to Tim please?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: do me a favor

    And 'Do me a favour', without some polite hedging, can be used sarcastically:

    'How old are you?'
    'Eighteen'.
    'Do me a favour, you're barely out of nappies.'


    In fact it's my ambition to add to the corpus of name-based Cockney Rhyming Slang, discussed yesterday in another thread, with the expression 'Do me a Rodney'. (But although I use it from time to time, it has n't caught on.)

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