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trattorex356

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italian italy
I'm really confused about when I can use "if" followed by "would"
Should I say:
"I would appreciate it if you would turn off the light for me"
"I would appreciate it if you turned off the light for me"
I know i've got to use if+past when it's a conditional but I'm not sure in this case..
 
  • trattorex356

    Member
    italian italy
    Thanks! However I suppose this applies only to some particular cases, right? I was told that I can use "if" followed by would only when talking about polite requests
     

    PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    I was told that I can use "if" followed by would only when talking about polite requests
    Your first example is slightly more polite than the second, but both are correct. Not all requests with "would" are polite - a lot depends on the tone of voice: A: [shouting angrily] "If you would shut up, you might be able to hear what I am saying!"
     
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