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    Type-2 conditionals to show politeness

    Hi everyone,

    I am puzzled over the use of type-2 conditionals to express politeness. Are the following sentences appropriate and grammatically correct when put in a formal letter asking for a chance to join a programme? Are there any differences in their meanings?

    1. It would be a great honour to me, if I were given an opportunity to participate in the programme.
    2. It would be a great honour to me, if I am given an opportunity to participate in the programme.
    3. It will be a great honour to me, if I am given an opportunity to participate in the programme.

    Thank you very much!

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    Re: Type-2 conditionals to show politeness

    Quote Originally Posted by thincat View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I am puzzled over the use of type-2 conditionals to express politeness. Are the following sentences appropriate and grammatically correct when put in a formal letter asking for a chance to join a programme? Are there any differences in their meanings?

    1. It would be a great honour to me, if I were given an opportunity to participate in the programme.
    2. It would be a great honour to me, if I am given an opportunity to participate in the programme.
    3. It will be a great honour to me, if I am given an opportunity to participate in the programme.

    Thank you very much!
    I wouldn't use #2.

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    #3

    Re: Type-2 conditionals to show politeness

    When an independent clause precedes a dependent clause, we donít need a comma, do we?


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    Re: Type-2 conditionals to show politeness

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    When an independent clause precedes a dependent clause, we don’t need a comma, do we?

    No, we don't.

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    Re: Type-2 conditionals to show politeness

    1 is less direct than 3, so it may sound more polite to some. I'd use it as it sounds less pushy and more modest.

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