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Wouldn’t conditional be acceptable? “Would you like some water?”

Dominic M.A1Kwiziq community member

Wouldn’t conditional be acceptable? “Would you like some water?”

Asked 6 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dominic, 

Not in this case, you would simply use the present tense in the question.

Vous voulez de l'eau ?

The polite answer might be to say ,

j'en voudrais bien merci. 

But the question doesn't need extra politeness, the fact you are offering water is enough. 

Hope this helps!

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
"Voudriez-vous de l'eau" is acceptiable, if that's what you were thinking. It is actually more polite than simply "Voulez-vous de l'eau". -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Wouldn’t conditional be acceptable? “Would you like some water?”

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