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Will you pass me the pen?
Could you pass me the pen, please?

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    People have written *volumes* about just this sort of thing :)

    They're both okay, but changing "will" to "would" sounds more polite and friendlier. "Please" is *always* nice. Other distinctions are prescriptivist grammar, and you just want a pen, right? :)

     

    When you ask "could you pass me the pen please" you're actually asking the person if they are capable of actually passing the pen.
    When you ask "will you pass me the pen " you are asking whether they would like to pass the pen to you. It's a matter of personal choice.

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