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How can I ask a question about the timing of a meeting so that assumes there is a possibility to not accept it?

For example, I'm scheduled an appointment for Monday. Something has happened and it would be better if I postponed it to Tuesday but it is still possible on Monday.

Is that correct to say:

"I had only a question regarding timing of our appointment and please feel free to answer; Is that also possible that we meet on Tuesday?"

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    [correction: I've scheduled a meeting] – Lambie Oct 21 '19 at 22:38
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    When you ask someone for a favor, such as rescheduling an appointment, there is an implicit understanding that they are free not to fulfill your request. – Katy Oct 21 '19 at 22:56
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The actual question is quite good. You should use a dummy subject "it" instead of "that".

Is it also possible that we meet on Tuesday?

The preamble is confusing for me:

I had only a question regarding timing of our appointment and please feel free to answer;

This uses the wrong tense, and there are other small errors, and I don't know what you mean by "feel free to answer". Normally when you ask a question, the freedom to answer it is implied. We sometimes say "feel free not to answer" to mean "you don't have to answer this question".

I would simplify:

I have a question regarding the timing of the meeting.

{at this point it is likely that the other person would speak, to say "what is the question?", or there may be some unspoken communication with the same meaning.)

Is it also possible that we meet on Tuesday?

{I would now explain the benefits of Tuesday} Something has come up and Tuesday would be better for me...

You see I am trying to emphasise that this is going to be a dialogue. You need to listen and respond and be flexible.

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"I had only a question regarding timing of our appointment and please feel free to answer; Is that also possible that we meet on Tuesday?"

You don't need to say "I had only a question regarding timing of our appointment", just ask away.

I agree with James K, this is quite good: "Is [it] also possible that we meet on Tuesday?" or "Is [it] also possible to meet on Tuesday?"

You could also say

Just in case Monday does not work out, would Tuesday work equally well for everyone?

or

Is there another day that works for everyone, just in case something comes up on Monday?

or

If Monday does not work out, what other day can we all meet on?

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