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  • 1. Politeness – direct vs. indirect speech acts
  • 2. Put these in order of most forward/direct to most polite/indirect:
    • Waiter, I’d like to see the manager, please.
    • Waiter, I insist on seeing the manager.
    • Waiter, I don’t suppose I could see the manager, could I?
    • Waiter, if it’s not too much trouble I’d like to see the manager.
    • Waiter, get the manager immediately.
    • Waiter, I want to see the manager.
  • 3. Order of most forward/direct to most polite/indirect:
    • e. Waiter, get the manager immediately.
    • b. Waiter, I insist on seeing the manager.
    • f. Waiter, I want to see the manager.
    • a. Waiter, I’d like to see the manager, please.
    • d. Waiter, if it’s not too much trouble I’d like to see the manager.
    • c. Waiter, I don’t suppose I could see the manager, could I?
  • 4. Now try for:
    • Asking someone out on a date
    • Asking someone to stop talking in the cinema.
    • You will be directed which end of the spectrum you’re aiming for.

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