- "If you could finish this, that would be great."
- "If you could move your car, I'd appreciate it."
- "If you could email me the schedule, that would be great."
- "If you could..."
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
"If you could..."
I was thinking about this incredibly passive phrasing.
Working with little kids, I was able to be much more direct. I would say, "Backpacks go on the floor. Thank you." (Or maybe I'd compliment Junior on his right, and say, "Junior! I love how you have your backpack on the floor. I bet that gives you so much more room to make your art project!")
Is it a Girl thing? To constantly and subconsciously soften statements? To raise our voices at the end of a declarative or imparative sentence? To be indirect? Or maybe it's just a Me thing.