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This verb has me a bit confused. I cannot submit my report personally and therefore have to resort to sending it by post. Now I need a polite way to ask to do this.

  1. I request that I send my report via post.
  2. I request that I be able to send my report via post.
  3. I request the ability to send my report via post.
  4. I request to send my report via post.

Which one of these is correct?

While I am here can you say We all request to change the swimming timetable, or do you have to have a you after the verb request like We all request you to change the swimming timetable even when he will not be doing the changing?

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2 and 4 are closest, but all must be changed a bit.

6. I kindly request to be allowed to send my report via post.

7. I kindly request being allowed to send my report via post.

8. I kindly request the ability to send my report via post.

9. I kindly request the ability of sending my report via post.

10. I kindly request the capability of sending my report via post.

Alternatives using other verbs:

11. I would appreciate being allowed to send my report via post.

12. I would appreciate having the possibility of sending my report via post.

13. I would like to have the possibility to send my report via post.

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  • Thank you Marius for the alternatives. Could you please tell me which of the ones I posted is the closest to making sense. – david Apr 4 '15 at 7:09
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    8, 9, and 10 do not work. You don’t request an ability—you request permission, or a clause (infinitival or subjunctive). In this case, the most natural choice would be either permission (“I kindly request permission to submit my report via post”) or a subjunctive clause (“I kindly request that I be allowed to submit my report via post”). – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 3 '15 at 9:23
  • #6 is probably the most idiomatic. I would also offer: "I kindly request that you accept my report via post."; "Would you please accept my report via post?" – hemflit Aug 2 '15 at 14:44
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May I please send my report to you by post.

All of us request a change to the swimming timetable.

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I request being able to send my report via post is the best variant I guess.

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