Questions tagged [politeness]

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Asking for update

I want to get an update on COVID-19. So can I post in a group like" As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the state government has declared one week shut down of offices and colleges. It would ...
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A request to the boss

When I have something I want to ask my boss, is it appropriate to say it like this? • I have a request to you. Would you please ...? Is there any more appropriate or polite way to say that?
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how to ask someone to deposit my money to my bank account

I gave a loan for one of my friends and i need that money back before month end. I want to ask from my friend to deposit loan amount obtained to my bank account
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Is “if” with “will” possible in this case?

I would like to know if you will stock this record I would like to know if you stock this record I think the first one sounds better because the record I am talking too is not out yet but I also ...
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How to ask for apologies when you have already sent an email by not pressing the reply to all feature?

Three days ago I replied to an email that I was in BCC list by pressing only reply to feature.Now I realized that I haven't pressed the reply to all feature,that I was supposed to do so. Now I ...
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Is this expression informal?

My boss asked me the send him some documents, I immediately attached the documents and send him an email with the following body: Dear Thomas, I hope all is well with you. Thank you very much for ...
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Should I apologize for addressing a female with Ms + her first name?

I'm not a native English speaker so I wasn't exactly aware of the Mr/Ms + last name rule. I addressed the HR Director of a potential employer with Ms + her first name. My native friend then told me ...
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Is “I'll be waiting for your call” polite in a professional setting?

Someone says: "I'll call you later." What is a polite way to say "I'll be by my phone when you call, so that I won't miss it." Some people suggests that "I'll be waiting for your call" sounds a bit ...
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I might want you to

Is this No.1 a valid sentence to make a request politely? I might want you to include these items in the agenda. Or is just saying like this a lot better? I would like you to include ...
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What is the polite way to tell taxi driver that he can stop here?

My question is I want to primarily give the driver a choice. The secondary consideration is not being rude. I take taxi to home. My home is in a community. I often tell taxi driver "You can stop ...
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Does the question sound rude? how to ask in English?

How to form a question without sounding rude. If I see someone coughing, should I say: Is it rude to wear a mask? or Is it rude if I wear a mask? And is it rude in the American culture?
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How to reply a “Happy New Year” email?

This is the quote from the email I receive after New Year. "I would like to wish you a good 2020. I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year’s eve." What is the best and formal way to reply to ...
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How would you ask opinions for differences between two things?

I want to ask politely for an in-depth explanation of how these two apparently similar things A and B are different when closely looked at. Eg: "In which way A and B are different from each other?"
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Is the sentence “I want a [insert noun] now” rude?

On two separate incidents, I have been told that the sentence below (without any context) is rude. I want a chocolate now. Question: Is this an absolute interpretation? Where is the argument ...
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Is it correct saying “buy something hand-to-hand”?

In trades I really need to know if is correct the use of this idiom. If its ok or not, would you tell me what are the common ways to express when we need to buy or sell some goods when the buyer and ...
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Proper way for asking to leave

I am about to take an assesment for responsible service of alcohol licence. There is a video question and I need to tell someone to leave in that video. Once I saw a scene in The Simpsons and there ...
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How to ask for a sequence of detailed steps guidance clearly and politely?

I asked a question just now. Please give a specific setting path, from which menu command to submenu command. I am worried about if I say it clearly and politely. I meant to express that ...
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Get well wishes [closed]

My boss had informed that her son was admitted to the ER. I want to email her to find out how he is doing. It should sound professional but not too formal. How should I enquirer?
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“Dear {Ms, Mr, Mrs,Dr, Prof etc} Psmith,” - what do you call the part in braces?

Dear {Ms, Mr, Mrs, Dr, Prof etc} Psmith, In the example above, how do you name the particle in curly brackets? I'm writing a questionnaire asking, also, how a person would like to be addressed in ...
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How to say just want to let you know politely

I am not a native speaker, is it not polite if I say” just want to let you know?” I am not sure if I told my friend before so I want to make sure she know where will the lesson take place. Will it be ...
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How to politely (and correctly) apologize for not speaking English?

Suppose you are giving a talk and in your audience there is a person who does not speak your mother tongue. Let's call them John. Neither your mother tongue nor John's mother tongue is English. ...
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A sort of formal way for saying “that sounds like a new work”

Suppose, you submit your report to a boss and he asks you to add more chapters or sections to the report. However, you don't want to do that because you believe the new content would be too much and ...
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“Please, tell me” vs. “Could you tell me”

I am not a native English speaker. Last week, I sent Email to my manager saying "Please, tell me the meeting date". My manager replied: You meant "Can you tell me the meeting date" So, I am not sure ...
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Is it alright to say good afternoon Sirs and Madams in a panel interview?

I will be attending a panel interview (with two men and two women). I don't know their names. I want to be more polite, but I am not sure whether it is alright to say Good afternoon, sirs and ...
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What to say if someone is blocking your way

If you want to go into a subway entrance, but someone is blocking your way, what should you say?
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take so long vs taking so long

I've worked in a market. Suddenly they stopped my work for verification purpose. They requested me to provide a student ID card. I've sent a scanned copy of my Student ID card for verification. One ...
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Is “I want you to…” more offensive than “I need you to…”?

I wrote an email to request somebody to do something for me. In the email I said "I want you to ...". Somebody told me that instead, I should say "I need you to..." or "Please help me", so that the ...
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Getting to your seat on airplanes (or elsewhere)

On airplanes, there are seats A(window)-B(middle)-C(isle) on one of the sides. Suppose someone is sitting on seat C and I need to get to seat B. What are the most natural ways to ask the person from ...
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Is there a polite way to ask about one's ethnicity? [closed]

Suppose I'm talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some "Asian roots" (either they immigrated to the US at early age or their parents were immigrants). Is there a polite way ...
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How do I complete the sentence “If it's no trouble, ____”?

I'm trying to learn the sentence structure and I had a few thoughts about the possible structural continuations of the sentence. I was wondering if you could introduce any new possible continuations ...
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Is it OK or proper to ask someone “how late are you going to be open”?

Suppose you enter an office that you don't know of their working hours. Then, you turn and ask, Excuse me, how late are you going to be open? To ask the working hour. I haven't said this myself ...
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How do we call women not related to us, of different ages? The usage of mother, aunt and grandma

Do I call my friend's mother aunt Mai or mother Mai? She is a compassionate woman of no relation. And if the woman is very old and of no relation may I call her grandma Marla or what?
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What does “abuse” and “gnashing teeth” mean in Charles Darwin's letter?

In a letter by Charles Darwin to his friend, J.D. Hooker, he said the following at the end of the letter: In a year or two's time, when I shall be at my species book (if I do not break down), I ...
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What's the polite way to say “I need to urinate”?

What's the polite way in the UK to say "I need to urinate" (both for men and for women)? Or maybe there's no problem with that sentence? N.b. I'm asking about situations in which I know where it's ...
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How do I politely ask people to go away so that I can have a private conversation with someone?

Today I was walking with my colleagues to a restaurant, but on the way I met a friend, whom I wanted to have a small chat with. I wanted to ask my colleagues to go away and then I would catch up with ...
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Anything wrong with “Let me come up with a more interesting exercise”?

In the previous year I did a coding test problem when applying for a job; one of the problem requirements were of little sense to me, so I decided to replace it with a slightly different thing which I ...
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Is the word “crud” considered a euphemism for sh*t?

Some people have been saying the word "crud" since it has a same meaning for shit or sometimes crap (depending on if it's a swear word or not). So, I'm wondering if the word "crud" is considered a ...
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The proper way of asking this “would you mind…” question

I know this is not properly written: “Would you please mind a minute to answer my messages?” Is this the correct way? “Would you mind taking a minute to answer my messages please?” Or where ...
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Do you say Industrialist Henry Ford or the industrialist Henry Ford?

Do you say Industrialist Henry Ford or the industrialist Henry Ford? I have been speaking English in the US for 8 years now. The pattern I am seeing is that when you call someone by placing their ...
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Which of “Will you just go?” or “Can you just go?” works better?

One of my stu­dents barged into my class­room one day and was get­ting on my nerves be­cause I needed to clean up the mess he had him­self made ear­lier, so I wanted to ask him to leave me alone and ...
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“Noted. Thank you” as an answer to a letter informing about task completion? I mean office correspondence

Is it correct and polite to end business letter with "Noted. Thank you" as an answer to a letter informing about task completion?
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Is it rude to say “Excuse me, Ms.”?

I was wondering that above sentence on title, “Excuse me, Ms.” is rude or not. I’ve watched a video on youtube about English titles, but “Excuse me lady.” is very rude to get attention from women, ...
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Meaning of “greet people to the table”

How do you say greet people and invite them to the table? I thought "greet people to the table" meant that, but my English teacher told me, I can't and I can only say "greet people at a table", so ...
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Is “I was wanting to know” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: I was wanting to know if I could sent you a link. It does not sound correct to me.
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Is this retirement wish appropriate to a senior lady?

A retirement wish on retirement card from an new employee to a senior lady that does not have a lot of connection at work. Does it look appropriate? All the best for your amazing retirement! Enjoy ...
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is he's / she's + name a correct sentence?

Is it correct to include a name right after a he's or she's? It would define fully written in: ''He is John'' or ''She is Maria'' but it somehow just sounds wrong or impolite to me.
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Is there a more well-fit work than “wide” and “concrete” in this context?

When I receive a call from a recruiter or such (e.g. a seller etc.) they usually start by presenting themselves and thereafter glide into asking me questions. I've concluded that those can be split up ...
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Who is this vs who is calling-telephone

What is the difference between "who is this?" and "who is calling?" when we answer to the telephone? Is the second one more polite than the first one? Lastly, is there any difference between AmE and ...
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Whether “illiteracy” is rude or impoliteness internet user name?

I want the "illiteracy" name say I'm an English illiteracy in other words Maybe I'm lack English skills to accurate express and understand, but some people say: And... please, change your name... ...
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'What are you?' vs. 'What do you do?'

What is the difference between 'What are you?' and 'What do you do?' in the job meaning? How to sense this difference if I need to ask about profession?

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