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    #1

    "favor" "request" " ask". Which is generally used?

    situation about " I'd really appreciate it if you could do me a favor"

    which is generally used and natural ?

    "favor" "request" " ask"

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    Re: which is generally used?

    You do a favor for someone. You ask someone to do you a favor. You have a favor to ask of someone.

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    Please remember that capital letters are an important part of correct English.
    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: which is generally used?

    Your example would be correct if it ended with a period. Here are some variations common in American English:

    Can I ask you to do me a favor?
    Would you do me a favor?
    Do me a favor, please.
    I have a favor to ask of you. Would you tell me how to use the word
    favor in English?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "favor" "request" " ask". Which is generally used?

    Welcome to the forum, pines kevin.

    I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: "favor" "request" " ask". Which is generally used?

    Not a teacher

    Favor is more formal and correct. The usage also depends on the person to whom you are talking with. If he's a stranger then its better to use the word Favor or if hes close one then you can use request too.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Jul-2016 at 07:15. Reason: Added "Not a teacher"

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    Re: "favor" "request" " ask". Which is generally used?

    Quote Originally Posted by FaithHawks View Post
    Not a teacher

    "Favor" is more formal and correct. The usage also depends on the person to whom you are talking. with If he's a stranger, then it's better to use the word "favor" or but if he's close one to you, then you can use "request" too.
    FaithHawks, please note the multiple corrections above. Your profile shows that you are a native English speaker. As such, you need to ensure that everything you write on the forum is correct because learners here will see your English-speaker status and will assume that they can trust your spelling, punctuation, grammar and spacing.
    I have also added "Not a teacher" to your post.
    In addition, I disagree with your suggestion that "favour" (BrE spelling) should be used with a stranger and "request" with a friend. A favour is a favour. If that's what you're asking the person to do, then that's the word that should be used, no matter who they are.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Jul-2016 at 20:13. Reason: Fixed typo
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "favor" "request" " ask". Which is generally used?

    I don't see favor as more formal than request in this context.

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