How To Make Polite Requests

In general, British people like to be polite and respect manners. You may often see many of them saying “Please” (please), “Thank you” (thank you), “Excuse me” (excuse me) and also “Sorry” (sorry). 

When making a request in English or a request, it means that you are asking someone to help you. Well, maybe the request can be quite burdensome for other people. So you need to be polite when submitting the request. There are several different vocabularies to use in making a polite request in English. Like what and how? Here’s the full review.

Before starting to make it, it’s good to know what a polite request in English actually means. Judging from the meaning of the language, request means a request or request. In more detail, a polite request is a request for someone to do an action or action that we want in a more polite way.

Polite request is a sentence used to ask for something (permission, service, goods, etc.) politely. In English, to show politeness, Modal Auxiliaries are used. There are several types of Modal Auxiliaries, but not all of them can be used to express a request. Modal Auxiliaries that can be used to express polite requests are; may, could, can, would, and will.

Example

  • Could you close the door, please?
  • Would you give the money back, please?

Based on the example sentence, we can see that the pattern used in the sentence above is; Modal Auxiliaries + Subject + Verb 1 + Object, (please)? Please in the sentence above is used to make the request sentence more polite.

In addition to the modal auxiliaries above, we can also use would you mind to make a polite request sentence.

Examples and Patterns 

Would you mind if I come to your house?? Would you mind giving me any money? The first sentence is used to ask permission with the pattern “Would you mind + if + Subject + Verb 2 + Object and the second sentence is used to ask someone to do something and the pattern is “Would you mind + gerund / V-ing + Object”

The Expressions are as follows

  • Would you mind + Ving, (please)? 

This expression format is used when the speaker wants to know in advance the level of willingness of his interlocutor to what is asked by the speaker. Examples of sentences include 

  • Would you mind passing me the pepper, please?

(Would you mind passing the pepper to me?). This type of expression can also be done in a negative form, for example Would you mind not parking here? (Do you mind not parking here?) 

  • Would/Could you (please) + V1? 

This expression is used by a speaker who wants to know whether the other person will do what he is told. Example sentences are Would you please close the door? (can you close the door? ) In addition, just like the previous type, this expression can also be done in a negative form, such as Could you please not play the music too loudly here? (Can you not play the music to loudly?)

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Author : Martinawati (Tutor Speakout LKP PalComTech Palembang)