I do not know how to ask someone to be frank. Actually I have request from someone and I want to send an email to ask whether he would do it for me or not.

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    I am afraid this is "too broad". Give some context and make the question to the point, else the question might get closed very soon. – Mistu4u Oct 5 '13 at 3:18
  • Post your best effort at formulating your request here, and then ask any questions you have about it. – dcaswell Oct 5 '13 at 4:24
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    Could you not say "Please be frank."? I suppose you could also say "Level with me. Will you do this or not?" – Tyler James Young Oct 5 '13 at 4:49
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    Don't sugar coat it, give me it straight, tell it like it is, tell me how you really feel, don't hold back. – Jim Oct 5 '13 at 5:03
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    @Mistu4u It's a colloquialism that comes from an older colloquial expression, on the level, which means fair, honest, straightforward, true. I think it's a spatial metaphor much like straightforward is. – snailcar Oct 5 '13 at 15:19

Please be frank.

Sometimes, the direct approach is the best :)

Or, if you want to mealy mouthed, "I don't want you to be afraid to answer. Please tell me honestly how you feel."

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