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  1. Member
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    #1

    Is it polite to say 'Do you think I can postpone it again? to a manager to cancel a

    You work in a small department of a large office. You had an important meeting with the head of your department last week, but you had to cancel it because you got sick. The rescheduled meeting is for this afternoon. You came into the office this morning and felt okay. However, it is now lunch-hour and you are feeling sick again. You want to postpone todayís -meeting. You go to the head of the department
    .

    a) Iím sorry, but Iím still sick. Letís reschedule the meeting. b) Um, about todayís meeting. Do you think I can postpone it again? I felt Ok this morning but Iím feeling sick again now.
    c) Iím sorry, but Iím still not feeling very well. Could we reschedule the meeting again?

    I think
    the utterance 'Do you think I can postpone it again?' in option (b) is not much polite in this situation. I wonder if I'm right?

  2. Senior Member
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    #2

    Re: Is it polite to say 'Do you think I can postpone it again? to a manager to cancel

    A) is way too casual. This is a business meeting, not a lunch picnic.
    B) I agree with Robert.
    C) is totally fine.

    You are right. "Do you think I can postpone it again?" is not polite but not because of the word "postpone," it is because you use "I" instead of "we."

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #3

    Re: Is it polite to say 'Do you think I can postpone it again? to a manager to cancel

    You could use could we possibly reschedule/postpone it again.

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