I'm looking for a word or phrase somewhere between telling and asking someone to do something.
Example 1: xyz clean up your workspace when done
Example 2: I needed to xyz the programmer to modify the program.

  • "Would you mind (doing something)?"
    – NVZ
    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:11
  • "Would you please (request)?"
    – Bookeater
    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:22
  • I would appreciate (it) if you could (request) - The most polite version.
    – user140086
    Jul 18, 2016 at 7:33
  • Request. The more polite and less imperative form of ask.
    – stevesliva
    Jul 19, 2016 at 2:20

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English is absolutely full of alternatives for polite demands! English seems to be to be one of the most understated languages whereby a polite request is in fact a demand in disguise.

Example 1

  • I would really appreciate your cleaning your workspace
  • I would be grateful if you could clean your workspace when you are finished
  • We should all clean our workspaces at the end of the day
  • It is good practice to clean your workspace when complete
  • It would please me greatly if you could clean your workspace when your task is complete
  • Would you mind awfully, cleaning up your workspace? (and the meaning of "awfully" in this case is "very", as in would you mind a lot)

Example 2

  • Do you think it would be a good idea to modify the program to do xyz?
  • Could you please modify the program as per the jira task?
  • I would be grateful if you could modify the program by end of day tomorrow
  • Do you need any help in modifying the program per the user feedback?
  • When do you think the xyz modification will be complete?
  • Please could you raise the xyz modification to the top of your priority list
  • The xyz change to the program is important, please you could you work on it as a priority?

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