A ride home

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A ride home

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Sep 21, 2020 5:49 pm

A: Could you give me a ride home?
B: Where do you live?
A: University City.
B: Sure.

- Hi guys! Is "Would it be too much of a bother for you to give me a ride home?" considered a natural replacement for "Could you give me a ride home?" in this situation?

Thanks very much!

StevenLoan
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Re: A ride home

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:34 am

No. It is so overly polite that it sounds wheedling and somewhat passive-aggressive.

It implies a presumption by the asker that the driver would be unlikely to say yes if they were asked for a lift in a direct manner (either because it would be inconvenient or because the driver isn't a very nice person), so they are framing the request in a way that is designed to pressure the driver into agreeing to give the asker a lift out of guilt or pity.

"Would it be too much of a bother for you to [do X]?" is the sarcastic sort of formulation that an irritated parent might use to repeat a request to their teenage child to tidy up the mess they had made in the living room.
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Re: A ride home

Post by Stevenloan » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:36 pm

Erik : Thanks a lot for your very detailed answer. It is really helpful. Enjoy your evening.

StevenLoan
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