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    Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Can you please tell me where the post office is?
    Could you please tell me where the post office is?



    Which of the above sounds better to you? Thanks.


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    Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Can you please tell me where the post office is?
    Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Which of the above sounds better to you? Thanks.
    Neither sounds better, A. The situation would determine the one chosen.


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    Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Can you please tell me where the post office is?
    Could you please tell me where the post office is?



    Which of the above sounds better to you? Thanks.
    Both sound fine.

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    Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Do neither of you find the "could' version to sound a little more polite?

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    Smile Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do neither of you find the "could' version to sound a little more polite?
    that's what I thought
    but then only a native speaker would know


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    Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do neither of you find the "could' version to sound a little more polite?
    Hi Barb,

    That's why I said,

    "Neither sounds better, A. The situation would determine the one chosen."

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    Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Thanks, my helpful friends.
    If there is no "please" in the sample, I presume both sound fine. Nevertheless, "could" sounds better to me as there is "please." Am I justifiable?


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    Re: Can/Could you please tell me where the post office is?

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, my helpful friends.
    If there is no "please" in the sample, I presume both sound fine. Nevertheless, "could" sounds better to me as there is "please." Am I [justifiable] justified in thinking that?
    Both are polite collocations, A, with 'could' being more polite. I think the addition or deletion of 'please' depends on the situation, the degree of politeness that the speaker perceives is needed, the speaker's feelings, a number of things.

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