30/08/16 Requests, Orders, and Offers

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We use will to tell people what to do.

     Will you send me the bill, please?
     Come this way, will you?
     Will you be quiet!

Would is softer, more polite.
     Would you send me the bill, please?
     Come this way, would you?

Will can be used in affirmative structures to give impersonal, military-type orders.
     All staff will submit weekly progress reports.

Will you…? can be used to ask about people’s wishes.
     Will you have some more potatoes?
     What will you drink?

Won’t you…? expresses a pressing offer.
     Won’t you have some more wine?