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    #1

    Would it be possible

    Is the sentence ok?

    Would it be possible to send a copy of your training program to us?

    can you send a copy of your training program to us?

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    Re: Would it be possible

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Is the sentence ok?

    Are these questions OK?

    Would it be possible to send a copy of your training program to us?

    Can you send a copy of your training program to us?
    With the capital letter, yes.

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    Re: Would it be possible

    Rover has made the technical corrections. Business writing should be a bit more rigorous than personal writing.

    'Would it be possible...' and 'can you...' are ambiguous, as technically they ask if it is physically possible to send the training program. Of course it is physically possible.

    What you really want to know is: "Are you willing to send you training program?" or "Do you have the authority/permission to send it?" Now, it's polite to 'soften' that a bit by putting it something like this: "Will you send us you training program?" "Could you send..." or, better yet, "How can we get your training program?" This last leaves the door open for the sender to ask for compensation for the thing of value that they have.

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    #4

    Re: Would it be possible

    I think the originals are more common and are sufficient to convey the intended meaning.

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    Re: Would it be possible

    (Sigh...)
    Lots of things are 'common'. And lots of things are 'sufficient to convey meaning'- especially in a language with as many words as English. But that doesn't mean that we, as teachers, accept less than better. Practically every post is 'sufficient to convey meaning', yet we spend time and energy suggesting improvements.

    I like to think that this site is about showing learners the finer points of expressing themselves clearly and in the best possible way, not merely accepting what is 'common'...
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 31-Aug-2015 at 01:23.

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    Re: Would it be possible

    Yes, but "would it be possible" isn't actually an inquiry of physical possibility. It's a common enough way to express significant deference.
    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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    Re: Would it be possible

    I have found that there are many people who think they can improve on the work of others. In many cases, the changes are just different, not better.

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    Re: Would it be possible

    That may be so, Barb, but it puts the onus on the provider to mention a cost (assuming there is one). In business, it's important to make it as easy as possible for the other person to say 'yes'.

    As stated in the original post, it sounds as if the asker wants this thing for free. By asking the more open question: 'How do we...?' the provider knows that the asker assumes there is a cost and is willing to offer something in return. The provider then has the option of stating terms or merely saying, 'I'd be happy to send it to you at no charge!'

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    Re: Would it be possible

    It is very easy for the provider to mention a cost if there is one. Most people that I know in business are not shy about doing that.

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    #10

    Re: Would it be possible

    I work in corporate America. My closest colleague runs our employee development program. It has already happened that another coworker has mentioned a discussion with someone who works for a peer company regarding an aspect of their employee training.

    My colleague would reach out to her counterpart at this other company very deferentially. "I recently heard great things about your X training program. Would it be possible ..." is the common way to ask. Or even the more deferential "I was wondering if it might be possible..."

    You don't that assume they will, and depending on propriety, that they even can, share it outside their company.
    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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