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Can you open the door? VS Will you open the door?

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,
what's the difference in nuance between A and B?
(A) Can you open the door, please?
(B) Will you open the door, please?

Hirashin
 

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(a) is of course not "correct" because it literally means "are you able" (出来るか) but colloquially, it means the same thing.
Also commonly used is Could you open the door, please?
 

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Hirashin,

(a) is a little more polite than (b). There are a couple other variations that are a little more polite. Are you familiar with these other variations?
 

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