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    Oh, well, I really like this apartment, but I have to know a little sooner than that


    Excuse me. Would you please help me with the most usual way to make a request in this situation? I can't find any specific strategy to make one of the options more polite than the other, esp between 'a' and 'b'.

    Situation 12) You have recently moved to a new city and are looking for an apartment to rent. You are looking at a place now. You like it a lot. The landlord explains that you seem like a good person for the apartment, but that there are a few more people who are interested. The landlord says that you will be called next week and told if you have the place. However, you need the landlord to tell you within the next three days.
    a) I’d like this apartment, but I can’t wait until next week. Is there any way you could let me know in the next 3 days?
    b) Oh, well, I really like this apartment, but I have to know a little sooner than that, if that’s possible…
    c) Could it be possible to find out a little earlier?

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    Re: Oh, well, I really like this apartment, but I have to know a little sooner than t

    I'd go for a).
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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