I came across this construct that I'm not familiar with:


What is the use of the ending 「~おりますしょうか。」 I assumed it to be a shortening of 「~おりますでしょうか」 seeing as the meaning seems to be the same. Is this correct?


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I believe this was a typo. 「しておりますしょうか」 itself is neither grammatical nor commonly accepted. Your assumption that it was meant to mean 「しておりますでしょうか」 is perfectly rigid.

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    It seems to be a very common spelling mistake as ”おりますしょうか” gets 4,350 hits on Google. I figured formal writing was better proof-read, but it seems to not be the case.
    – Norbles
    Feb 11, 2015 at 17:37
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    @Norbles But 4,350 is just an estimate, not a result count. If you click through to the second page, you'll see that there are only 14 results on Google, two of which are for your question.
    – user1478
    Mar 19, 2015 at 7:15
  • Ha! The estimates have generally been close. I've never seen one that bad. I'll have to double check before quoting Google again.
    – Norbles
    Mar 29, 2015 at 19:12

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