Mary
Which sentence is more common and natural to use? Can you do me a favor? Can you do this favor for me?
Nov 10, 2019 6:02 PM
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both
November 10, 2019
Both are correct. With the second sentence, you have a more specific thing that you want help with. The first question is a more open question.
November 10, 2019
"Could" is more polite. "Can" is used with family and friends (but not usually coworkers). "Could you do me a favor?" is usually followed by some details. Example: "Could you do me a favor? I need a ride to the airport on Monday." "Could you do this favor for me?" usually follows the description of "this" favor. "I need a ride to the airport on Monday. Could you do this (favor) for me?" Often, "favor" is omitted.
November 10, 2019
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