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If I would + verb

Hi everybody!

While I was watching a video on youtube, I noticed a meme in which there was this sentence:

"Umm yeah. If you would complete your time card that would be great"

So, I was wondering why "If you would complete" instead of "If you completed" or "If you had completed"

I am italian, so it sounds really bad for me "If I would + verb". But I am sure that I am wrong and there is an explanation.

Let me know giving some examples.

Thanks and have a good day :)

PS. Feel free to correct any mistake, I am currently studying English.

Feb 13, 2018 8:33 PM
Comments · 4

"If you would (please) do X...."

is just a polite way of making a request.

It means "please do it".

However, "please do it" is the imperative, and we don't usually use the imperative when making polite requests.

The imperative is usually (not always) only used by people who are in positions of authority over somebody else.

Example: a boss could say to his employee "please finish this report" (imperative) but an employee might say to his boss respectfully "I'd be grateful if you would please check this report for me."

A parent might say to their child "go to bed now, please" (imperative) but a child might say to their parent "it would be great if you would let me stay up late tonight."

An even more formal and polite way to phrase a request is to say "If you would please be so kind as to do X, I would be really grateful." 

(Replace "to do X" with any verb infinitive. For example, "if you would please be so kind as to replace the verb in my sentence with your desired verb, then you will have got the point."

Here's some further reading (courtesy of Google):

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/if-you-would-be-so-kind-as-to.2684857/

http://idioms.enacademic.com/53665/if_you_would(,_please)

https://www.gymglish.com/en/english-translation/be-so-kind-as

https://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Conversational_Phrases/W/would_you_be_so_kind_as_to..._would_you_be_kind_enough_to...__4564.htm

February 13, 2018
I think, "If you could complete it on time, that would be great" would be better English.
April 3, 2018

@Anne

Thanks a lot for answering. You clarified many doubts.

February 14, 2018
He is giving advice.
February 13, 2018
Vittorio
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