In email communication, people often use "can you do X" instead of "please do X". Is this a more polite form, or is this just an idiom which means exactly the same?
If I use "dig this hole" as an abstract example, I can write this in several forms:
- Can you dig this hole?
- Can you dig this hole.
- Can you please dig this hole.
- Please dig this hole.
Do these forms have some different but measurable level of politeness? I feel that (2) is a bit rude, but may be just careless spelling; is my feeling justified?
If I want to ask someone to "dig this hole", which is the most polite way to do that?
I am interested mostly in email communication, because this is the only way I use English now. But maybe considering spoken language can help.