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Write more politely

ShonanShonan Posts: 36 ✭✭
In my native language I use many words to write or speak more politely but in English I don't know any word except "Please". Please write some words, with examples would be great. Thank you all in advanced.


  • YinYin Posts: 191 ✭✭
    @shonan how about pardon me, thank you and excuse me?
  • ShonanShonan Posts: 36 ✭✭
    @Yin I have never herd the word "Pardon", I searched this in dictionary and this is a great word to use. Thank you very much, I really appreciate your comment.
  • YinYin Posts: 191 ✭✭
    @Shonan you are welcome, keep up!!!
  • ShonanShonan Posts: 36 ✭✭
    @bubbli , @april , @Lynne Please comment in here
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,805 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    There are different expressions for politeness depending on the situation and context. You can see the words with examples in below link:

  • mhoz000mhoz000 Posts: 21 ✭✭
    Could, may or might... These two of my examples I have on my mind I forgot some words on top of my head.
  • july191july191 Posts: 11 ✭✭
    I think it's very useful topic as that was one of the first challenges I faced when I came to the English speaking country how to express myself in a polite way. Does anybody know where is the difference between : "Could you please" and "Would you please" ?
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,764 mod
    I think "would you" is more polite than "could you", @july191.
    It sounds less demanding.

    Could you pass me the salt?
    I could but I wouldn't.
  • july191july191 Posts: 11 ✭✭
    Thank you for making it clear, @april
  • AminahAminah Posts: 15 ✭✭
    kindly can b used to express the politness
  • AminahAminah Posts: 15 ✭✭
    @ april: good suggestion thank u
  • ferdaferda Posts: 32 ✭✭
    @april I really appreciate your comment, this is kind the answers we would like to see here. I think its more important too. Thank you a lot :)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 9,764 mod
    Thank you, @ferda .
    Your appreciation means a lot too. :)
    It means that people read what I have written. :)
  • ferdaferda Posts: 32 ✭✭
    You are welcome @april .
    It also means that you really want to help us with your higher knowladge.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,008 mod
    'If you don't (or wouldn't) mind' is quite a polite way to start a request.

    Some languages don't have so many words to express thanks or to say please. I find in Nepal that no one ever says thank you. On the other hand, in France people are much more polite than British people even, who are fairly polite in general.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,805 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I am developing this habit of saying "Would". Otherwise, I use can or will for a request.
  • Oh, I think that I can share something:

    While asking someone for help: "Would you be so kind to..." "Wouldn't you mind to"

    "Thank you anyway" - if you haven't got what you asked but you want to thank for the effort.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,008 mod
    Would you mind...@Practical_Several, is probably used more, rather than in the negative. But either way, this is a polite way of asking for something.
  • @mheredge ,
    Well, my native language has influenced that negative form.
    On the other hand, 'would[n't] you mind?' is a closed-ended question, which may be used to 'lead' an interlocutor to the favourable answer. If one wants to get: 'No, I wouldn't mind!' he may choose the negative form. How do you think?
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,008 mod
    In English @Practical_Severard, I'd be more likely to use the the positive 'Would you mind' than the negative form. 'Would you mind if I open the window?' and 'Would you mind if I smoke?'

    Alternatively, you could say: 'You don't mind if I open the window, do you?' and 'You don't mind if I smoke, do you?' But as you can see, this is a bit longer.

  • That's been helpful. Thank you, @mheredge !
  • Practical_SeverardPractical_Severard Posts: 211 ✭✭
    > @abdul0484 said:
    > @Practical_Severard ..

  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,805 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I have recently developed a habit to use "Would you please..." and I think people respond me well on it. :)
  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,214 ✭✭✭✭✭
    For example excuse me could you tell me about the time please?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭
    edited January 2016
    @gomaa Correction:
    Excuse me! Could you tell me, what time is it, please?

    It's very polite form of question.
  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,214 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2016
    @Csilla thank you so much but I think two questions correct.
    Excuse me could you tell me what the time please?
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭✭
    The 'is' is necessary in the sentence @gomaa.
  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,214 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Not necessary but both correct
    What time is it please?
    Could you tell me what the time please?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 8,620 mod

    What time is it please?
    Could you tell me what the time is please?

    Could you tell me the time please?
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