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Is it ever OK to use we as a substitute for you? Let me illustrate:
I am increasingly receiving emails from colleagues that contain sentences such as:
- Can we have a look at this tomorrow please?
- Can we ensure that we do not...
Now these emails seem innocuous enough, but I know full well that these co-workers have no intention of partaking in the tasks in question.
Would it not be better to say:
- Can you have a look at this tomorrow please?
- Can you ensure that you do not...?
Are these people trying to be considerate of my feelings by indirectly giving orders?
I find this use of we to be particularly grating, so some clarity regarding its correct use would be much appreciated.