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    formal and informal request and apology strategies

    I'm looking for sources that introduce different request and apology strategies.
    I would like to know how American and English people request and apologize in formal and informal situations.

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    Re: formal and informal request and apology strategies

    As for requests, it depends on what you're asking for. As for apologies, "I'm sorry" works in every situation.

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    Re: formal and informal request and apology strategies

    Would you help me with this?

    Can you answer my question?

    Can you help me?

    Would you loan me some money?

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    Re: formal and informal request and apology strategies

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    I'm looking for sources that introduce different request and apology strategies.
    I would like to know how American and English people request and apologize in formal and informal situations.
    You mean we use different modals (would, ca, could) considering the importance of what we want to request for

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    Re: formal and informal request and apology strategies

    No, the modal changes based on the relationship with the person and the degree of politeness, as well as whether it's truly a request or simply a polite way of giving a command.

    I could call out to my husband "Hey, honey, what time is it?"
    To a stranger in a casual setting, I might say "Excuse me, could you tell me the time, please?"
    To my child at the dinner table, I may say "Pass the salt, please."
    To a guest at the dinner table, I may say "Would you please pass the salt?"
    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: formal and informal request and apology strategies

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    You mean we use different modals (would, CAN, could) considering the importance of what we want to request for
    Just say "request" and not "request for".

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    Re: formal and informal request and apology strategies

    You can make a request that's in the form of a statement. Example:

    I have a question.

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