I sent an email including a sentence like, “I would like you to pay attention...” I know the proper usage should be like “I would like to draw your attention” but I am just wondering if the way of expressing is polite or not? Or Did I make a mistake?

  • What is the other context? Is it like: "I would like you to pay attention to the recent poll" or is it something else? Nov 2, 2020 at 18:12
  • What I would like you to pay attention to is that there might be some inconsistent data types...you may find the content of the data as follows...
    – Nemesis
    Nov 2, 2020 at 18:19
  • It may help you to see that like you to pay says what I should do, and like to draw your attention says what you want to do. By itself, telling me to pay attention says directly that I am not paying attention (Thanks). But you can politely focus me with Please pay special attention to the format. Nov 2, 2020 at 19:14

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We say that we would like a naughty child or inattentive subordinate to "pay attention" to something. A native speaker would very likely find it rude. On the other hand, it is polite to say "I would like to draw your attention to" something.

  • Then I made a mistake :// I hate Monday’s
    – Nemesis
    Nov 2, 2020 at 18:35
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    You hate Mondays (no apostrophe). Nov 2, 2020 at 18:41
  • I'd say "There are several very important points to the PM's Covid instructions. In particular, I would like you to pay attention to ...' is far less pedantic than "I would like you to pay attention." Nov 2, 2020 at 19:32

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