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When doing a presentation, is the following introduction

I am here to educate you
(or)
Let me educate you

considered polite to say to an audience?

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  • Edify would sound even better
    – Mou某
    Jun 17 '14 at 7:25
  • Have you looked up educate in the dictionary and checked some usage examples?
    – Kris
    Jun 17 '14 at 10:52
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I guess not. If you want to educate a person, the implication is that they are uneducated. Which may not be a nice thing to say. I'd start with something along the lines of:

I'm here to talk about // I'd like to present // The thing that I want to focus on is

If you do feel what you have to say is extremely important and valuable, try:

This is a unique opportunity for us to

Of course, the context is everything. If you've established a half-buddy half-boss kind of rapport with the audience, you may say:

You know nothing and you're dumb - but rich enough to pay my fee and learn what life is about. So STFU and listen.

And they may applaud it. Who knows?

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you can write, "Let me enlighten you"

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  • This sounds like an extremely pompous and sarcastic thing to say.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 17 '14 at 8:19
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Depends on context

In a self-deprecatory or joking manner, it's generally acceptable to western audiences. Well, I guess i'm supposed to be here to educate you fine folks..

As a statement of purpose from a position of authority (lecturer or expert), preceding a statement of action it is also generally acceptable. I am here to educate you on the interactions of black holes with regular matter today, so I have set up this experiment to show you the blah of blah..

In any other usage, it can be seen as pompous, implying the audience is uneducated or ignorant, or indicating that the user considers educating the audience to be beneath him or a waste of his time.

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    I'm here to educate you ignorant savages, so listen up people! Jun 17 '14 at 13:27
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You can mean that "I am here to/Let me explain you"

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You can say "I am here to supply what I deem to be missing information about XY". By throwing in "deem" I am making the sentence a bit modest.

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  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 17 '14 at 10:05
  • Hows my answer now ?
    – Aditya
    Jun 17 '14 at 10:07
  • The OP asks whether "Let me/I am here to educate you" is considered polite. First, I would answer that part and then offer an alternative solution if you agree that the former is inappropriate.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 17 '14 at 10:15

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