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What's in your opinion the most polite form (not interrogatively) to ask a favour of someone? For example, "I have to ask you a favour" or "I would like to ask you a favour", or... any suggestion?
Thank you very much.
I wonder if you'd mind if I asked a favour of you.
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Thank you, Mister Micawber.
I'm afraid this form may sound a little affected, though. Maybe an intermediate form would be more appropriate. What would you suggest me in this case?
Are you calling me 'affected'? You asked for 'the most polite form'-- I've given you a very polite one that is quite natural. If you want less, I'd go back to your originals.
No, I wasn't calling you affected. I was only afraid that placing the sentence you gave me in a letter may sound too polite.
Can you ever be too polite? Especially when you want someone to do you a favour
I agree. It is far better to be polite when asking a favour, than to risk causing offence!
However, there are some other expressions that you can use to ask a favour:
I'd be grateful if you could... (quite formal)
I would appreciate it if you could / would... (quite formal and could appear a little angry)
Do you think you could... (friendly)