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How could I politely push someone to do something? Is urge an appropriate word in this sentence?

I will really appreciate if I could receive the results earlier, could you please help me urge them to give me the results?

May I use the word urge in this sentence? Other comments about this sentence are welcome.

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  • To urge is polite.
    – lbf
    Sep 19, 2018 at 20:58
  • Sometimes, when something is urgent enough, it's impolite to dissemble. If that's the case, say what you mean; urge is exactly the right word.
    – Spencer
    Sep 19, 2018 at 23:08

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Another option that might seem less forceful is encourage, as in:

I would really appreciate it if I could get the results earlier. Could you please help me encourage them to give me the results?

(Other edits in italics)

From the Oxford Living Dictionaries:

encourage

VERB

[WITH OBJECT]

  1. Give support, confidence, or hope to (someone)

    ‘we were encouraged by the success of this venture’

    1.1 [with object and infinitive] Persuade (someone) to do or continue to do something by giving support and advice.

    ‘pupils are encouraged to be creative’

    1.2 Stimulate the development of (an activity, state, or belief)

    ‘the intention is to encourage new writing talent’

Note especially definitions 1.1 and 1.2.

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