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    Quote Originally Posted by So Yen View Post
    Kind of similar to yours, it's also annoying when someone asks me to do something by saying something like "you want to get me that" I mean, what if I don't want to? "You want to..." is also like (or it is) a command, which means if a boss says it then you don't really have another choice. Why couldn't they just ask normally like "can you..." or "please..."?
    It's a passive-aggressive threat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by So Yen View Post
    Why couldn't they just ask normally like "can you..." or "please..."?
    Technically, a person 'can' perform many things, since 'can' is an indication of the person's ability to perform, not the willingness. Asking a person 'Can you...' might risk the possibility of an obnoxious reply from that person whom might respond with "I can, but I shall not..."
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