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    I would like to ask about " I was wondering if you could~"

    Hello!
    I would like to ask about using "I was wondering if you could". Please see the sentence at the end.
    Is the diffrence between "I am wondering if you can" and "I was wondering if you could" a tense?

    Or is "I was wondering if you could~" more polite than "I am wondering if you could"?

    I would really appreciate if you explain the difference between those.

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    Thanks for the response to my request. I received the budget figures and I will hand them out to my
    team members today. But before I do so, I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. The

    Sincerely,
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    Re: I would like to ask about " I was wondering if you could~"

    Yes, it's a bit more polite.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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