I am an English learner here.
I am filling in an application form for a program and I would like to make a special request on something.
I don't want to be rude, and I don't want to cause any inconvenience. To be honest, I don't even know if my application would be successful, and now I am here demanding special treatment.
This makes me wonder what is the best way to put forward a request when you are not exactly in the position to do so?
I have heard people say "Dare I say" before. From the context, I assume it was used when you are afraid that the next statement might be offensive.
In this situation, can I start with "Dare I ask the following?" If it sounds weird, is there any alternative?