Which is the best way to ask a question in a polite way; for example, I want to write an email to someone that doesn't know me, and to ask something...

Is okay to say write this:

Sorry to disturb you, Can I ask you a question about "something"?

  • Do you want to write "something" or is "something" a space for [something] else to go? – What's in a Google Search Apr 30 '16 at 18:23
  • I didn't mention the real subject, is just something that could be anything. @PeterDavidCarter – EgzEst Apr 30 '16 at 18:24

Yes, what you're writing would probably be fine, though it would depend on the person you are writing to and anything you know about them might affect your choice. For example:

Sorry to disturb you... Can I ask you a question about [something]?

Would likely be fine and a half-way house between formal and informal, which would seem likely appropriate in this situation.

You could also try:

Hi, you don't know me but I'd like to ask your opinion on [something].


I found your details/e-mail address [somewhere] and I was wondering if it would be ok to ask you [something]...

There are probably others too, but these would usually all be perfectly acceptable.

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