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?"

  • 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. Apr 15, 2014 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. Apr 15, 2014 at 18:20

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?


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?

  • horative is a noun, adjective or adverb. It is not a verb. You can't horative someone. Apr 15, 2014 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, 2014 at 2:18

How about:

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


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

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