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    could is used for a polite

    Hi,

    Could is used for a polite request whereas will is used for willingness, right?

    Could you please give me a cup of tea?
    Will you give me a cup of tea?

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    Re: could is used for a polite

    Yes, you can use "could" for a polite request. As for the other one, it's possible. (It doesn't seem very likely, but it's certainly possible.)

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    Re: could is used for a polite

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Hi,

    Could is used for a polite request whereas will is used for willingness, right?

    Could you please give me a cup of tea?
    Will you give me a cup of tea?
    "Will" does not express willingness to me. The second version of the request feels less polite and more demanding to my AmE perception. There could be regional differences though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: could is used for a polite

    The second sentence is not a request, is it?

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    Re: could is used for a polite

    Depending on the context it could be a request, but it is less polite.

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