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    Which is the best way to ask for time?

    1.Could I have a few moments of your time while I research on the issue?
    2.Could you give me few minutes while I research on the issue?

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    Re: Which is the best way to ask for time?

    Quote Originally Posted by bspkumar View Post
    1.Could I have a few moments of your time while I research on the issue?
    2.Could you give me a few minutes while I research on the issue?
    In either case, 'research on' is wrong. You either do some research (n) on an issue, or you research (v) an issue.

    The first part of the sentence is right in both 1 and 2 (except for the missing 'a'), but has different meanings:

    • In 1, the request is for something like an interview - the person asked is going to have to be involved in the research.
    • In 2, the request is for time for outside research, in which the person asked won't be involved.


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