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    #1

    Would

    dear: Sir & madam
    how to use "would" in a polite request? dictionary says it express a polite request.. i dont understand that.. could you explain more in detail please?

    thank!


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    #2

    Re: Would

    yeah sure it express bieng polite in questions
    for example :

    we say // open the door please
    and with *would* // would you open the door please

    anthor example:

    ///do you mind if i borrow your digital camera
    ///would you mind if i borrowed your digital camera

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: Would

    thank guy,

    hmm in dictionary it says it express a polite request by using would. ..

    im quite not understand..




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    #4

    Re: Would

    Kahhong, give me that book.
    This sounds a bit sharp because I don't know you.
    Kahhong, would you give me that book.
    Much politer- I don't know you, so I can't give orders.
    If you want to ask a strnager to do something, then you will naturally try to show that you are polite because it's not the same as talking to a brother or sister or a friend. In English, we don't have a polite form of the word 'you', which many languages do, so we change the verbs to be polite. Once I get to know you, I can use other forms.

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    #5

    Exclamation Re: Would

    Thank..

    these two sentences,
    Kahhong, would you give me that book?
    Kahhong, Could you give me that book?

    it it the same?

    thank

    Warmest Regards,


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    #6

    Re: Would

    Would- this one is the most polite and formal.

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