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敬語. Honorific speech in Japanese.

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Are both of these correct sentences: 「ここに住所を書いてくださいますか?」「ここに住所を書いてくださいませんか?」?

I believe 「ここに住所を書いてくださいますか?」 means “Could you please write the address here?” And 「ここに住所を書いてくださいませんか?」 means “Would you please write the address here?” An exercise I’m doing shows the second sentence ...
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Appropriate polite language when referencing yourself in a letter written on behalf of others?

Maybe this is a bit too hypothetical, but I thought it was an interesting question nonetheless. I was writing a business email in Japanese, using pretty formal language, on behalf of someone who ...
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How to politely phrase “what problem are you trying to solve?”

I'm struggling to find a way to phrase: "Could you let me know what problem you are trying to solve with ${COMPANY_PRODUCT}?" in a business email. The context is that we're offering a product that ...
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Where can I learn the proper way to answer to an professional email?

I haven't found any good blog or book explaining properly the way to start an email or to answer to it. For example, I received an email asking me my availabilities for an interview: お世話になっております。 ...
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「させていただく」or「させてくださる」

その俳優が大好きなので、ぜひ私に彼へのインタビューを(  )。 A.させてくださいませんか B.させていただけませんか Here is my understanding of these two options (which can be wrong): A: "you" is the subject, will "you" not give "...
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Use of ございます to describe existence

Why in this dialog is「ございません」the appropriate answer? 「兄弟がありますか。」「いいえ。私は兄弟が(___)。 I understand that ございません would parallel あります in the first sentence, but shouldn't I use the polite form of iru to ...
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explanation verbs form 座る 座って 座り

Hi may I ask for explanation of the following, I read here form verb 座る (sit) and polite form 掛ける for form Please sit down there is this forms 座る -> 座れ (very rude) -> 座って (better form) -> 座ってください (...
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Why is `お一人様の際は、こちらのテーブルをお使いいただけます` wrong?

In 新完全{しんかんぜん}マスター文法{ぶんぽう}N2 there is an exercise to choose the correct phrase to make the full sentence correct. (...)際{さい}は、こちらのテーブルをお使{つか}いいただけます。 a) お食事{しょくじ}の b) ご飯{はん}を食{た}べる c) お一人様{...