Voulez-vous vs voudrez-vouz

Jamie

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10 June 2017

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Voulez-vous vs voudrez-vouz

Why is it that "voulez-vous" is a more common translation of "would you like" than the conditional "voudriez-vous"?

This relates to:
Conjugate vouloir in Le Présent (present tense) -

Ron

Kwiziq community member

12 June 2017

12/06/17

The French are generally very polite in sentence request phrasing and the use of le conditionnel is considered to be more polite, i.e. je voudrais, pourriez-vous, voudriez-vous. Loosely translated:
I would like vs je peux I want, could you and would you instead of pouvez-vous, voulez-vous can you, do you want. Le conditionnel seems less abrupt.

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