Intonation in informal and formal requests


Senior Member
Hello :)

I just want to know what the difference between informal and formal requests in terms of intonation.

Can you speaker louder, please ? >>> Informal request.
Could you go less quickly, please ? >>> Formal request.

Up or down ?

Thank you all
  • Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    I'm not aware of any difference, Swannny. Maybe it is more likely that a polite (which is not the same this as "formal") request would be asked with a rising intonation, implying that it is a genuine question to which the hearer has the opportunity to answer "No."
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