Is it polite to say 'Do you think I can postpone it again? to a manager to cancel a

tulipflower

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[FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]You work in a small department of a large office. You had an important meeting with the head of your department last week, but you had to cancel it because you got sick. The rescheduled meeting is for this afternoon. You came into the office this morning and felt okay. However, it is now lunch-hour and you are feeling sick again. You want to postpone today’s -meeting. You go to the head of the department
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[FONT=&quot]a) [/FONT][FONT=&quot]I’m sorry, but I’m still sick. Let’s reschedule the meeting.[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]b) [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Um, about today’s meeting. Do you think I can postpone it again? I felt Ok this morning but I’m feeling sick again now.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]c) [/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot]I’m sorry, but I’m still not feeling very well. Could we reschedule the meeting again?

I think [/FONT][FONT=&quot]the utterance 'Do you think I can postpone it again?' in option (b) is not much polite in this situation. I wonder if I'm right?[/FONT]
 

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A) is way too casual. This is a business meeting, not a lunch picnic.
B) I agree with Robert.
C) is totally fine.

You are right. "Do you think I can postpone it again?" is not polite but not because of the word "postpone," it is because you use "I" instead of "we."
 

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You could use could we possibly reschedule/postpone it again.
 
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