When “please” is not enough

Being polite is so important. This week I heard a student say. “Turn off please! Too bright” For an English speaker this can be too sharp and insulting. The “please” is not a request — it’s a command. “Could” or “should” plus the base form of a verb makes a BIG difference:”Could you please turn it off. It’s too bright for me.” There, now THAT’S BETTER!