Supposing we have the following sentences:
Could you pass me the pen, please?
Would you mind passing me the pen, please?
1. Which one is more formal than the other one ?
2. Is please necessary here?
3. Which sentence would you use in a conversation?
4. Which sentence is more polite? If both, then what is the difference?
Thank you very much in advance.
As far as Turn right please versus Would you mind turning right please they are both technically correct.
Turn right please is more of a demand but you might say it this way if it is necessary to do it right at that moment. You are still polite but forceful. For example you are in the passenger seat of a car, your Boss is driving and if he misses the turn you will not get to where you want to go.
Would you mind turning right please in this case you might say this if you would like this to happen but if the boss says no it is not serious.
The latter expression in speaking English would not be polite though if you stressed the word "mind". A photographer might be frustrated taking a portrait of young person who won't co-operate and he says the sentence in this way to show his frustration...even though he used the word "please".
Well, I wrongly thought that please would be too much or too polite when added to the addressing formula `would you mind...`
If I think it over, I find that if I said :Would you mind turning right, the answer might sound : Yes, I would.
You're welcome in advance.- what could I say more?
By the way, is this sentence -Thank you very much in advance- usual in A.E? How is it considered : formal, too formal or just polite?
It`s my pleasure to thank you again.
Last edited by Teia; 29-Sep-2007 at 19:44.
It's kind and polite. As for whether it's formal language, that would depend on who(m) you are addressing. Usually the verb;i.e. thank you, isn't found sentence initially in formal language; but there is also modern language usage to take into consideration. That is, how "formal" is formal language these days?Originally Posted by teia
I try to understand and learn how far I -as a learner of English language - can go when addressing to somebody in a formal way without falling in the trap of being too formal or regarded as such.