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  1. Yourjones
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    Can you not touch it?

    Hello,

    If I don't want someone to touch my book, shall I say "Can you please not touch it"? I just am not sure if I have put the "not" at the right place.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

    You will hear your version but "Please don't touch it" is much more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Yourjones
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    Thanks a lot! So instead of saying "Can you please not sit on the floor", we should say "Please don't sit on the floor".

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

    "Can you please (not)" is a fairly recent and, in my opinion, needlessly wordy way of say ing "Please ..." and "Please don't ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

    On the other hand, "Can you please not do that?", referring to some repetitive annoyance, sounds more polite to me.

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

    I agree to a certain extent but if someone was being repetitively annoying, I wouldn't be inclined to be polite.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

    But surely that would depend on who it was. The point of being polite is that it is often more efficacious.

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    On the other hand, "Can you please not do that?", referring to some repetitive annoyance, sounds more polite to me.
    I'd use "Could" rather than "Can".

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    Re: Can you not touch it?

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    Hello, Yourjones:

    Sometimes your version is used when one is annoyed (a little angry):

    Woman looks at the flowers in front of Mrs. Smith's house: Oh, what beautiful flowers! (Woman touches the flowers.)

    Mrs. Smith: Would you please not touch the flowers? They are very delicate. I have worked very hard to cultivate them.

    Woman: Oh, I am so sorry, dear.

    Mrs. Smith: No problem! I'm glad that you like them. Let me give you a red one.

    Woman: I would really prefer a blue one.

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