May 12th, 2009

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I'm not sure why I'm hearing this as a Verbal Attack Pattern, but...

(Definition and one example of Verbal Attack Patterns)


Poll #1398606 A brief poll about English word order

Do these two sentences convey the same emotional tone? (1) "Could you please call $NAME about $TOPIC?" (2) "Could you call $NAME about $TOPIC, please?"

Yes
15(48.4%)
No
16(51.6%)

If they do not convey the same emotional tone, how do they differ?

If someone were leaving a message of that nature for you, which version would you prefer? Assume that the message is being sent by e-mail.

"Could you please call...?"
5(13.5%)
"Could you call..., please?"
10(27.0%)
Either
16(43.2%)
Neither, and I will give a different phrasing in the comments
6(16.2%)