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could you please approve vs can you please approve

While both of these phrases are correct, the conditional is slightly more polite ("could you please approve").
This is a polite phrase to use when requesting approval of something from a superior.

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Some examples from the web:

  • Nov 18, 2013 ... Could you please approve it?" would both be (to me) better wordings; the latter also seeming more polite being phrased as a question/request ...
  • Could you please approve it? Veteran Member103,933. SystemAdministrator: A system administrator takes care of the inner workings of the entire system.
  • Could you please approve my request · How to make a request letter for barangay captain, my request we need tanod for our event "disco"? I have no idea to ...
  • Could you please approve my edit for India - Urgent, Aaron (RL), 8/4/15 11:41 PM. Hello Nissi, Could you please help us understand your edit.

can you please approve

This is correct

You can use this phrase to request approval, although it might be slightly more polite to use the conditional form of the verb "can."

Explanation provided by a TextRanch English expert.


Some examples from the web:

  • Mister Micawber: 1. I would appreciate your approval for .. on the information below 2. Can you please approve/endorse the .. 3. I would appreciate it if you could ...
  • Can you please approve my leave for? - Approve my leave to boss. How can i request for scrap from my boss? - Samples for requesting the boss for programs ...
  • I changed the domain of my online service, can you please approve the change on your side as well? (I have requested this since 2009 , but i ...
  • Feb 4, 2015 ... Hey Mathis, Can you please approve my latest podcast RSS request? It's all ready to be sent to iTunes. Like. 0. 2015-03-24T14:30:11+00:00.

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