Intonation in Polite Requests

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I couldn't identify the appropriate intonation in the following requests.Can a native speaker help me please?

The sentences are:

1-Could you speak louder , please?
2-Can you say that more clearly , please?
3-May I ask another question, please?
4-Will you give us some examples, please?

N.B: I want to know the right intonation of the word "please".Is it rising or falling?
Thank you for you help.

Respectfully , Nor
 

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This is what I found on the net and it made me more confused.
 

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Can you be a bit generous and help me?
I am in need of this lesson.
 

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I couldn't identify the appropriate intonation in the following requests.Can a native speaker help me please?

The sentences are:

1-Could you speak louder , please?
2-Can you say that more clearly , please?
3-May I ask another question, please?
4-Will you give us some examples, please?

N.B: I want to know the right intonation of the word "please".Is it rising or falling?
Thank you for you help.

Respectfully , Nor

These polite requests are yes-no questions, and typically intonatoin rises at the end of the sentence for yes-no questions.

The intonation of the word "please" at the end of a yes-no question typically rises.
 

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Great!
Endless thanks Mr.PROESL.May Allah reward you for your help.
Is it always rising?
 

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Great!
Endless thanks Mr.PROESL.May Allah reward you for your help.
Is it always rising?

It typically rises. However, there's no set rule here, just tendencies. It's possible for the intonation to fall on the word "please" at the end of a yes-no question. This would make the tone serious.

Would you stop tapping your pen on the desk, please?

In this sentence, a speaker might add a serious tone to express annoyance or dissatisfaction. Therefore, it's possible that the intonation on the word "please" could fall. However, "please" would still receive sentence stress, as it's a content word. The tone could fall leading up to "please".
 

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When making a request and adding "please" to the end, the "please" is usually spoken on a rising note, in a sort of questioning or softly pleading tone. It is also customary to smile and raise the eyebrows slightly when pronouncing the "please."
 

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Thank you Dears for your valuable answers.
You really convinced me .Now I can do my lesson in a very easy way.
 
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