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    Are they impolite?

    Teachers.

    Suppose you are sharing a table with a stranger at a restaurant, and you want to ask the stranger to pass the salt, after saying 'Excuse me,' can you use the following expressions? Or are they impolite?

    Do you wanna pass (me) the salt?
    Would you wanna (pass) the salt?
    Why don't you pass (me) the salt?

    I've been wondering about this for a quite awhile now. Hope you teachers can clear it up for me. Thank you.


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    Re: Are they impolite?

    Quote Originally Posted by jibou View Post
    Teachers.

    Suppose you are sharing a table with a stranger at a restaurant, and you want to ask the stranger to pass the salt, after saying 'Excuse me,' can you use the following expressions? Or are they impolite?

    Do you wanna pass (me) the salt?
    Would you wanna (pass) the salt?
    Why don't you pass (me) the salt?

    I've been wondering about this for a quite awhile now. Hope you teachers can clear it up for me. Thank you.
    All of those are aggressive in tone and therefore impolite. What you would say is"Excuse me, could you pass the salt?" or even, "Excuse me, would you like some salt?"

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