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    Use of would

    Hi there, I know 'would' is preferred while making requests to someone. And it is generally used with 'please'. I just want to know if I can use "'would' without it in the following sentence and such sentences.

    "Hi sir, would you (please) give me your water bottle?"

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    Re: Use of would

    The word "would" is used in making requests. Example:

    Would you help me with this?

    It is often used without "please".

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    Re: Use of would

    Yes, you can- it is a polite form. I would say Hi, sir, ....

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    Re: Use of would

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    "Hi sir, would you (please) give me your water bottle?"
    Hi and sir don't go together. Do you want to be formal or not?
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: Use of would

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Hi and sir don't go together. Do you want to be formal or not?
    Not a formal question.

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    Re: Use of would

    I've never addressed anyone as "sir" in my life and I don't intend to. To be clear, the same applies to "madam/ma'am". I'm referring to speech. I have probably addressed a few letters to "Dear Sir/Madam" but I rarely write to someone whose name I don't know.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Use of would

    I use sir and madam in speech if I have to speak to a complete stranger for some reason, for instance when trying to attract their attention to tell them they've forgotten something.

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    Re: Use of would

    I use sir, ma'am and miss all the time.

    Politeness costs nothing.

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    Re: Use of would

    Many Americans would address an unknown older male as ​sir.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Use of would

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I've never addressed anyone as "sir" in my life and I don't intend to.
    I knew someone once who made it a point of honour to never utter the word sir, despite being in a work environment at the time that required its use. That being said, I spent all my years at grammar school saying sir to the teachers about a hundred times a day.
    I am not a teacher

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