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how to make polite statements? #1 (permalink) Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:14 am   how to make polite statements?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #251 "Polite Indirect Questions & Statements Test (1)", question 3

I'm new to this city and I'm lost. ......... tell me where 5th Street is?

(a) You
(b) Can you
(c) You will

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #251 "Polite Indirect Questions & Statements Test (1)", answer 3

I'm new to this city and I'm lost. Can you tell me where 5th Street is?

Correct answer: (b) Can you
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how to make polite statements? #2 (permalink) Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:40 am   how to make polite statements?
 

Generally, the best way to ask questions (rather than make statements) politely is to use the word, 'please'...

Please can you tell me where 5th Street is?"

You might also apologise for disturbing a person by saying 'excuse me'...

Excuse me, but please can you tell me where 5th Street is?

You might take a step further in your apology by using "I'm sorry to disturb you@ or "I'm sorry to trouble you."
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