Politeness and directness: Activity
Try to make the following expressions less direct. Compose alternative sentences for each one.
- Shut the window.
- Tell me your name.
- Stop talking.
What changes did you make to render the expressions less direct?
Now, make the following expressions more direct. Compose an alternative sentence for each example.
- Do you think you could help me?
- Would you mind moving your foot? It's on my toe.
- You might want to check that you've spelled that correctly.
What changes did you make to render the expressions more direct?