Authored by: Naomi H. McGloin , Mutsuko Endo Hudson , Fumiko Nazikian , Tomomi Kakegawa

Modern Japanese Grammar

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415571999
eBook ISBN: 9780203856628
Adobe ISBN: 9781135151393


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Which expression you use in making a request depends on many factors, including the social status of the person of whom you are asking a favor, the formality of the situation, the gender of the speaker and of the addressee, and the type of relationship. In a work situation, for example, colleagues (equals in status) might use very formal or polite request forms, and a superior might also use polite requests in talking to his/her younger colleagues. On the other hand, family members or close friends will make a request in informal ways. One also uses more polite requests in asking for a more difficult favor. In general, requests are made with the verbs of giving and receiving in Japanese. The following are some typical expressions in making requests.

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