I want to ask a friend to print a PDF file for me on both sides of the page and then bind it with a metal coil at one edge. Can I say the following?

Please print this book for me double-sided and coil bind it.

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Your sentence sounds fine and would be readily understood.

You could optionally rephrase it as:

Please print this book double-sided and coil bind it for me.

But since you are asking a friend and not instructing someone to do something, I would phrase your request as a question to be more polite:

Could you print this book double-sided and coil bind it for me please?

In my opinion, I personally prefer to place the 'please' at the end of the sentence, so that it is the last word that the person hears, ensuring that you appear well-mannered.


The type of binding you want is often called spiral binding (I've never heard coil binding but it might be common in other areas).

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As Lee Mac suggests, your sentence sounds a bit like an order instead of a request. It never hurts to say "please".

Could you please double-side print this book and have it spiral bound? Thanks!

  • I believe coil binding & spiral binding are synonymous (ref)
    – Lee Mac
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 23:55

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