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Is there a polite way to tell somebody that you want to tell him something, but only if he allows you to? For example, I'm talking to my friend and I want to tell him something about cats, but I'm not sure if he wants to listen to me. Is it possible to use something like this:
- If you don't mind, I will tell you about...
or maybe
- I could've told you about cats, if you wanted to...
I understand that my explanation's a bit wierd, sorry.

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"Would you mind if I talked about [subject] for a minute?"

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  • Thanks. Also, is it possible to use the following phrase? -It reminds of a flying cat. I could tell you if you would like to listen. – Vlad Stryapko Apr 15 '14 at 9:01
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    A more colloquial way might be "That reminds me of a flying cat - want to hear about it?" More formally "would you like to hear about it?" "It" is the choice if you're talking about a particular flying cat - "Would you like to hear about that?" is better if it's a topic instead of an example. – Joe McMahon Apr 15 '14 at 18:20
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I think that you would request a conversation about cats.

politely or formally ask for.

Who wouldn't want to talk about cats for hours?

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Do you want to hortative your friend that his cat is giving you the evil eye, stealing his beer, and that he should dump her? Cat is a girl, right?

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  • horative is a noun, adjective or adverb. It is not a verb. You can't horative someone. – anongoodnurse Apr 15 '14 at 2:11
  • hortatorily but I meant to add the term amblysia blackwellreference.com/public/… but you correct faster than I type, and refill my glass of wine.... – Third News Apr 15 '14 at 2:18
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How about:

"May I have a quick word about the supremacy of cats?"

or

"Can I take this opportunity to talk about cats?"

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