On a formal / professional email, is the following question acceptable, or is it too much politeness it looks unprofessional?

The intention is to ask someone, who is not a subordinate, to do something. To be used in England.

Would you be keen to consider _________?
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    It's not "politeness" it's the word keen that seems too informal and/or dated so as to be out of place here. – Jim Feb 9 '15 at 22:53
  • Use of keen peaked in 1920, but it's been staging a comback since 2000:books.google.com/ngrams/… – Wayfaring Stranger Feb 10 '15 at 1:26
  • @WayfaringStranger- take a look through the first two pages of hits (1980-2008) and I couldn't find a single one that matched our expected usage. It's mostly used a last name, or a city name, or a record label from 1957. – Jim Feb 10 '15 at 3:00
  • @WayfaringStranger- But this one is interesting books.google.com/ngrams/… – Jim Feb 10 '15 at 3:05

Yes, don't say that.

I'd might say, "Perhaps you'd consider ____?"

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    Or "Would you be willing to consider ..." – Jim Feb 9 '15 at 22:54

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