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    Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    Some clients came to our company to enquire about our financial services. We would like to know some information of the client before we introduce our business to them.

    Is it natural to say " Can I ask you some questions before I introduce our business to you?
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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    If you are interested in politeness, I would use "may" instead of "can".

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Some clients came to our company to enquire about our financial services. We would like to know some information of the client before we introduce our business to them.
    If a company wanted to know something about me before telling me anything about themselves, I would look for another company to do business with.

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    It depends on the nature of the questions.
    If your questions are about understanding their needs so that you show them the most logical solutions for their needs, it makes total sense.

    I'm eager to share information about our services with you, but to make the best use of your time, I'd like to understand more about your needs first. Could you tell me...
    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: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It depends on the nature of the questions.
    If your questions are about understanding their needs so that you show them the most logical solutions for their needs, it makes total sense.

    I'm eager to share information about our services with you, but to make the best use of your time, I'd like to understand more about your needs first. Could you tell me...
    Can I use "know about" instead of "understand more about " in the above context? Could anybody give me some more examples in the above context?

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    'Would you mind telling me more about your needs first?'
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    "We are delighted that you are interested in our services. To get started, we will need some background information so that we can do the best job possible for you. It will take only a few minutes. Is that all right with you?"

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    I would use 'to' instead of 'do we' in the thread title.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    "We are delighted that you are interested in our services. To get started, we will need some background information so that we can do the best job possible for you. It will take only a few minutes. Is that all right with you?"
    Hi TheParser

    Not all our services are suitable for the prospects. Other than "do the best job possible for you.", what else can we say?

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    Re: Could anybody tell me how do we ask them politely?

    'Recommend the most suitable services to you.'
    I am not a teacher.

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