There are many ways to thank somebody for a task they have yet to carry out. “It would be greatly appreciated” is one such way, but there are plenty more. We will show you some better alternatives in this article and how you can use them to your advantage.
What Can I Say Instead Of “It Would Be Greatly Appreciated”?
There are so many choices we could come up with a list that goes on forever. However, we recommend the following options:
- I would very much appreciate it if
- If it pleases you
- If you please
- Could you please
- I would be very grateful
- I would be so thankful
- It would be a great help if you could
- Please don’t forget to
- You would make my day if
- It would be cool if you could
- I would love you forever if you could
The preferred version is “I would very much appreciate it if.” We can use it when we want someone to accept our appreciation for a task they have yet to do. It implies that we ask them to do it without being as outright and abrupt as a usual request.
I Would Very Much Appreciate It If
“I would very much appreciate it if” works really well to replace the original phrase. We still keep the intended meaning when we want to show our appreciation before someone accepts the task. However, it’s just worded in a slightly more familiar and comfortable way.
Check out these examples to see it work:
- I would very much appreciate it if you wouldn’t call me by my first name.
- I would very much appreciate it if you could refer them to the other office.
- I would very much appreciate it if you could simply tell me what I’m doing wrong.
If It Pleases You
“If it pleases you” is another great phrase that allows us to ask whether someone is happy to help us. However, this time, we do not share our appreciation before they accept. It’s just another way of showing them that we could use their help.
Here are some examples:
- If it pleases you, I would really benefit from taking a few days off.
- If it pleases you, I can go to the store and back before nightfall.
- If it pleases you, I can do this task without help!
If You Please
“If you please” works well when we want to check whether someone is “pleased” to do something. While we use “if” to show that it’s not a direct request, the implication is that we expect them to be ready to help us with the task.
Here are some examples of it:
- If you please, it will help me for you to get that checked out.
- I need you to go to the third-floor offices if you please.
- I think you can help me with this. If you please, do you have the time?
Could You Please
“Could you please” is another great way to ask someone to do something. However, this phrase is a little more serious as a request, and the implication is that there is no way around it if someone were to say no.
Here are some examples of how it works:
- Could you please keep the noise to a minimum while we’re in that meeting?
- Could you please let me know how many times he’s called in sick this month?
- Could you please inform Mr. Merriweather that there is nowhere left for him to go?
I Would Be Very Grateful
“I would be very grateful” is a great way to share your emotions with someone. It implies that we would be “grateful” for them to help us with a task. However, we do not expect them to take the time to help us if they’re busy with something else.
Unlike some of the other phrases on this list, “I would be very grateful” works when we want to let someone know what we need help with. However, we are not expecting them to stop whatever they’re doing to carry out our task.
Check out these examples for more help:
- I would be very grateful to see that, sir.
- I would be very grateful to you if you could help me with this issue I’m having.
- I would be very grateful if you could help me out with this problem before you go.
I Would Be So Thankful
“I would be so thankful” is another way to share your appreciative emotions with somebody. Again, we’re not expecting someone to do the task, but we’re hoping that they’ll do it out of the kindness of their heart or due to their good nature.
“I would be so thankful” works just like the “grateful” phrase. We do not expect the help, but we would very much appreciate it.
Here are some examples of it in action:
- I would be so thankful if you could help me with this.
- I would be so thankful if you could just tell me what the time is, sir.
- I would be so thankful if you could let me go slightly earlier today to catch the early train!
It Would Be A Great Help If You Could
“It would be a great help if you could” is another great way to ask for assistance. While we’re not directly asking, we typically expect someone to be able to help us. It’s a kind way of showing that you could really use someone’s help at this time.
Here are some examples of how it works:
- It would be a great help if you could guide me into the right room for this interview.
- It would be a great help if you could let them know that I’ve arrived an hour early to see if I can be bumped up the queue.
- It would be a great help if you could just stand there for a moment longer while I take a tasteful photograph!
Please Don’t Forget To
“Please don’t forget to” works a little differently from some of the others. Instead of asking someone to do a task for you and being grateful, we are now implying that they have got to finish the task. We often don’t show the same level of appreciation with this one.
In some instances, “please don’t forget to” will be considered rude. It’s certainly ruder than the ones we’ve listed above because it doesn’t show any appreciation for whoever might do the task for you.
Still, these examples will help you to make a little more sense of it:
- Please don’t forget to let the others know that we’ve changed the venue for the meeting.
- Please don’t forget to complete this project by the end of the week, and I’ll expect it on my desk in the morning.
- Please don’t forget to do this before you go because I need to find out the results.
You Would Make My Day If
“You would make my day if” works well informally. It’s not formal like some of the other options above, but we can use it to show that someone’s choice to help us would be a great benefit.
When we say “make my day,” it means that someone has made us as happy as possible. Our day can be “made” once someone has done something that has made our emotions go above and beyond their usual levels.
Here are some great examples of how this one might work:
- You would make my day if you just told me the secret that she passed over to you.
- You would make my day if you could just let me know why you were gathering with them about the surprise!
- It would make my day if you could find me that pretzel that I fell in love with while traveling abroad.
It Would Be Cool If You Could
“It would be cool if you could” is another great informal phrase. We can replace “cool” with any other informal adjective (i.e., “awesome”). It helps when we want to show someone that their actions will be appreciated if they do a simple task for us.
Here are some examples of how it might look:
- It would be cool if you could just find a way to get this to work before anyone else does.
- It would be super cool if you could help me understand more about this situation before I get lost!
- It would be awesome if you could just inform me about where I need to go for orientation!
I Would Love You Forever If You could
“I would love you forever if you would” is another great informal option we can share. “Love you forever” is a fun phrase we can use with people when we want them to understand how appreciative we could be. It’s like they manage to climb our friendship ranks.
These examples will help you to make a little more sense out of it:
- I would love you forever if you could be kind enough to get this done for me.
- I would love you forever if you could just get this message across to them before they close the deal!
- I would love you forever if you could find a way to do this without alarming anyone around here!
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Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.