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I'm sending an e-mail to schedule my internship. Is this sentence, "I would like to know if I can cover up Thursday's by working extra hours on other days." sounds informal?

Is there a better way to ask this kind of question in a nicer and formal way?

Thanks!

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  • Define "informal". Informal to whom, in what context?
    – Drew
    Dec 22, 2015 at 21:12

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It looks formal enough; the context needs some clarification. Remember, the magic word never fails:

I would like to know if I can cover up Thursday's hours by working extra hours on other days, please.

And turning it into a question makes it even better:

Would you please let me know if I can cover up Thursday's hours by working extra hours on other days?

Then, it's formal enough for your internship.

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  • Who downvoted this? This is a right answer.
    – bleh
    Dec 23, 2015 at 2:13
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It's not too informal for an email, but make up may sound more natural than cover up, since make up suggests restore while cover up suggests conceal.

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  • I agree with you on that make up sounds more natural, great point! Thanks!
    – whd
    Dec 22, 2015 at 19:29
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"I would like to know if/whether..." sounds kind of awkward and unnatural in this particular context.

Instead, I'd suggest being more direct, yet polite, and say:

May I make up Thursday's hours by working extra hours on other days?

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