Keep the noise down

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Keep the noise down

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:19 pm

A: We’ve got some customers coming over this morning, so is it all right if we have a meeting right here?
B: Yes, no problem, but would you mind keeping the noise down please?

- Hi you guys! Instead of using "would you mind keeping the noise down please?", are there any other common polite ways to use in this context?

Thanks a lot,

StevenLoan
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Re: Keep the noise down

Post by Bobinwales » Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:42 pm

No Steven, that is totally appropriate. You could say, "You won't be very noisy will you?"

Personally I don't like the "so is it all right if we have a meeting right here?" It sounds a bit American, which is fine in its place, but for someone who is speaking neutral English it would be better if you dropped the second "right".
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Re: Keep the noise down

Post by Wizard of Oz » Mon Jan 26, 2015 2:18 am

..I don't know if this idiom is used elsewhere but in Aus we would not need the word noise .. we would simply say >>

"Yes, no problem, but would you mind keeping it down please?"

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Re: Keep the noise down

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Jan 26, 2015 8:03 am

- Bobinwales and WoZ! Thank you guys very much.
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Re: Keep the noise down

Post by Edwin F Ashworth » Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:04 am

@WoZ Some Brits might think your 'it' is referring to a kangaroo you want tying. Sport.
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