## past simple (politeness)

Point 73 in the category of PAST is defined as:

Past simple: ‘I wondered’ and ‘I wanted’ as politeness structures, when making polite requests and thanking.

`I wondered if * could *`

1 I WONDERED IF IT COULD BE 52

2 I WONDERED IF I COULD DO 46

3 I WONDERED IF I COULD MAKE 45

## 4 I WONDERED IF YOU COULD HELP 41

**I wondered if you could help**us think about your outlook for the net interest margin in 4Q?

5 I WONDERED IF I COULD USE 36

6 I WONDERED IF I COULD GET 29

7 I WONDERED IF ANYONE COULD HELP 26

8 I WONDERED IF YOU COULD TELL 25

9 I WONDERED IF I COULD JUST 19

10 I WONDERED IF I COULD HAVE 16

11 I WONDERED IF YOU COULD GIVE 16

12 I WONDERED IF I COULD FIND 14

13 I WONDERED IF THERE COULD BE 14

14 I WONDERED IF ANYONE COULD GIVE 13

15 I WONDERED IF I COULD BE 12

16 I WONDERED IF I COULD ASK 12

17 I WONDERED IF I COULD TAKE 12

18 I WONDERED IF THIS COULD BE 12

19 I WONDERED IF YOU COULD DO 12

20 I WONDERED IF WE COULD DO 11

`I wanted to * if * *`

1 I WANTED TO SEE IF I COULD 906

2 I WANTED TO SEE IF THERE WAS 189

3 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE IS 169

4 I WANTED TO SEE IF IT WAS 150

5 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE WAS 135

6 I WANTED TO KNOW IF I COULD 134

7 I WANTED TO KNOW IF IT WAS 105

8 I WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE ELSE 99

9 I WANTED TO SEE IF IT WOULD 80

10 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAS 79

11 I WANTED TO KNOW IF I CAN 76

12 I WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE HAD 73

## 13 I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU COULD 66

**I wanted to know if you could**give me your sources.

14 I WANTED TO SEE IF WE COULD 62

15 I WANTED TO KNOW IF IT IS 61

16 I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU HAD 60

17 I WANTED TO SEE IF I CAN 59

18 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE ARE 56

19 I WANTED TO SEE IF THERE WERE 52

20 I WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS 51

21 I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE 49

22 I WANTED TO SEE IF ANY OF 48

23 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE HAD 44

24 I WANTED TO ASK IF THERE IS 42

25 I WANTED TO SEE IF THERE IS 41

26 I WANTED TO KNOW IF I SHOULD 40

27 I WANTED TO SEE IF YOU COULD 40

28 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THIS WAS 39

29 I WANTED TO SEE IF I WAS 39

30 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE WERE 37

31 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANY OF 36

32 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE 36

33 I WANTED TO SEE IF THIS WAS 36

34 I WANTED TO KNOW IF IT WOULD 32

35 I WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU CAN 32

36 I WANTED TO KNOW IF IT ‘S 31

37 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THIS IS 30

38 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THERE ‘S 29

39 I WANTED TO KNOW IF I WAS 28

40 I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU HAVE 26

41 I WANTED TO ASK IF ANYONE HAS 24

42 I WANTED TO SEE IF IT COULD 24

43 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNEW 23

44 I WANTED TO SEE IF YOU HAD 23

45 I WANTED TO ASK IF YOU COULD 22

46 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE COULD 22

47 I WANTED TO KNOW IF ANYONE KNOWS 22

48 I WANTED TO KNOW IF THAT WAS 22

49 I WANTED TO SEE IF ANYONE HERE 20

50 I WANTED TO SEE IF I WOULD 20

`I wanted to thank * * * *`

## 1 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR 69

**I wanted to thank you for all your awesome articles**over the years. For sure my favorite automotive journalist!

2 I WANTED TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR 65

3 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE 53

4 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALL OF 41

5 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP 38

6 I WANTED TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR 34

7 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE 28

8 I WANTED TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL 26

9 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ONES TIME 22

10 I WANTED TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR 21

11 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THIS GREAT 20

12 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME 20

13 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THAT . 19

14 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM 18

15 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS 17

16 I WANTED TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR 16

17 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT 16

18 I WANTED TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THE 15

19 I WANTED TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO 14

20 I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME 14

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