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As the subject shows, I wonder how to make a written request in a polite and formal way , just like:

I'd be obliged if you'd treat this matter as strictly confidential. (sample sentence from Longman)
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Start with the "I would" (I'd) as shown in your sample sentence.

I would very much appreciate it if you would...

Do you have a specific request in mind? If you write it "non-politely" we can help make it more polite.

Invitations have their own format: The honor of a reply is requested, and such things.
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Or Could I possibly learn what...
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I earnstly/sincerely request....

Does it sound ok?

By the way, I heard, but not believe that it's ok for a boss to say 'I appreciate your hard working ' to his employees, but not suitable for an employee to say 'I appreciate......' to his boss. Is it true?
I'm not sure how it may work in other cultures, but in the U.S., it's certainly okay for someone to say to his or her boss that something the boss did was appreciated.

I appreciate that you let me have that day off on such short notice.

I appreciate the way you stood up for the team in our meeting.

I appreciate how you bring in donuts on Friday mornings.

It's just a way of saying "thank you."

(P.S. - It should be "I apprecate your hard work." with no -ing.)
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Hi Ipodmini,

I'd like to add a further comment. In N. American culture, I think we are simpler and less emotional than some other cultures in many of the ways we communicate.

eg I earnestly/sincerely request.... I can't imagine a situation at work where I would ever use these words.

As suggested, why don't you give us a complete request for something, so that we can see what you are talking about and thus give you appropriate comments on the wording?

Best wishes, Clive
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Appreciate, as mentioned by GG, is very common in such contexts.

>I earnestly/sincerely request ....

I'd really appreciate if you could do this or that ...
I'd appreciate if you kindly could do this or that ...
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Grammar GeekStart with the "I would" (I'd) as shown in your sample sentence.

I would very much appreciate it if you would...
I once read in school we shouldn't use 'would' twice in such a case:
I would very much appreciate if you pay/do/( base form of the verb, without 'would') .....
I am confused.
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I once read in school we shouldn't use 'would' twice in such a case:

I'm not familiar with this rule. The original poster has "would" twice, although in both cases as contractions.

Has anyone else been told not to use "would" twice?
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