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    How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    Which option do you think is the most appropriate? Is there any better way of making request in such a situation?

    You are now shopping in a department store. You see a beautiful suit and want to see it. You ask the salesperson to show you the suit.


    1. Oh, sorry, could you pass that suit to me to have a look? I want to buy it.
    2. Lady, I’d like to have a look at that suit. Would you please do me a favor?
    3. Excuse me. Could you show me this suit please?
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    #2

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    Number 3 is fine.
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    #3

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    Another alternative to #3 is "Could I see/look at that suit, please?"
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    #4

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    About the first option, can we say 'oh sorry' is used when something happens by accident?

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    #5

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    'Sorry' is mostly used for apologies or to express sympathy. Depending on context, it could be used when something has happened by accident.
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    #6

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    'Sorry' is mostly used for apologies or to express sympathy. Depending on context, it could be used when something has happened by accident.
    That's correct for American English. In British English, sorry carries any one of a multitude of meanings.
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    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    It has been pointed out to you before that we do not start questions with "How to ...". You can start with "How can I", "How should I", "How do we" and a few others but not "How to". Please remember that for any more posts you make with a title or a question starting like that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    In the first option, Is 'oh sorry' relevant in making requests?

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    #9

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    Not in BrE- sorry can be used as a way of attraction someone's attention.

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    #10

    Re: How to ask a salesperson to show a suit?

    In option 2, I think 'I'd like to have a look at that suit' is as the request. Then, what's the use of 'Would you please do me a favor' here?

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