Hi Anastasia. I have one question. It is somehow confusing for me. Let assume I want to ask someone for a favor. So I would ask: I would be grateful if you… It will be the second condition? Why? it isn’t unreal I will be grateful. Can you pls explain it in plain words?
Will be grateful or would be grateful
Choosing between would or will be grateful depends on how you start the sentence. Both are correct, so no worries there. It’s just a matter of making sure that every part of the request is in the same form.
If you choose to talk in a speculative manner by using could and would, you have to use that form in every part. EXAMPLE: “Could you do me a favor? I would be really grateful if you could get my car from the garage.” Everything is speculative, meaning that you are giving the person the possibility. This is a more polite way of asking.
The second option is the affirmative stance using can and will.
- EXAMPLE: “Can I ask you for a favor? I will be really grateful if you can talk to Gina in accounting for me.”
This is a more assertive tone and is often used with people you have already a good relationship with. You would use this with people you have asked favors from before.
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