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My textbook just put some examples without explanations, so i wonder if these sentences have the same meanings or there are differences.

お名前をお書きくださいますか and お名前をお書きくださいませんか。

その論文の題をお教えいただけませんか and その論文の題をお教えいただきたいのですが。

Thank you!

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お名前をお書きくださいますか is a virtual order similar to …書いてください under a situation where the opponent is supposed to write it to begin with, or in theory a simple (or a tentative) inquiry if s/he (would) write it or not.

On the other hand, お名前をお書きくださいませんか is a request when the opponent doesn't necessarily have to do it.

その論文の題をお教えいただけませんか and その論文の題をお教えいただきたいのですが are a more modest request than お教えくださいませんか, and the latter is further a round-about way.

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  1. お名前をお書きくださいますかand お名前をお書きくださいませんか are both polite and have same meaning.

  2. They also have same meaning but if you say お教えいただきたいのですが, some people might wait for your next words.. for example; その論文のお題を教えていただきたいのですが、可能ですか/お時間ありますか/ご存知ですか?

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