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    #1

    Will you please come here

    Hello!

    Will you please wait there.
    What is it - a polite request or almost an order?

    Thanks for the explanation.

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    #2

    Re: Will you please come here

    That depends on the context. It's phrased as a polite request.

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    #3

    Re: Will you please come here

    It depends on the tone of voice and the expression on the face of the speaker.

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    #4

    Re: Will you please come here

    I'd say it's most likely to be a polite order or instruction. It sounds likely that the speaker is trying to control somebody's movements. It could be a request (which is like asking a question) if there was a real possibility of it being declined.

    As mentioned, the level of politeness would depend on the way it's said.

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    #5

    Re: Will you please come here

    If you start with "Will you", you need to end with a question mark. "Stay there" or "Please stay there" would end with a full stop.

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    #6

    Re: Will you please come here

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you start with "Will you", you need to end with a question mark. "Stay there" or "Please stay there" would end with a full stop.
    I don't personally agree with that, myself. Generally, I'd advise that if something is intended as a question, then punctuate it as such:


    • Really? You don't like chocolate?


    And if it's not, don't:


    • Will you just shut up!

    (The fact that there's no question mark in the OP supports the view that it's not a request.)

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