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Do AE speakers use constructions such as those in blue?

And now, folks, if you’ll just step this way, you are about to witness the most amazing, the most astounding, living monstrosity of all time. ...

"OK, If you'll just smile and...turn your head to the side a little. There, all done. Your photos will be ready in about seven minutes."

If you will hold on for just a second I will get it stamped for you.
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Sure.
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It seems sort of strange to use will in this way, but all of these examples are commonly used. In all three examples, "if you'll..." is used to begin a polite request just as you would use "could you please..."
Only in those employee-customer contexts, however.
Marvin A.Only in those employee-customer contexts, however.
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No, I don't think so. I'm sure I've said things to my daughter like "If you'll just hold STILL a moment, I can get this knot out of your hair!"
Grammar GeekNo, I don't think so. I'm sure I've said things to my daughter like "If you'll just hold STILL a moment, I can get this knot out of your hair!"

Brits and Aussies use such constructions frequently.
Just to be clear, my "No, I don't think so" was directed toward the assertion that it would only be used in a customer-service type situation.

I wasn't saying "No, I don't think so" as to whether I would use it. Of course, since I immediately afterwards said how I would use it, that was probably obvious...
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