Polite conditionals – “would” in the if-clause

The rule that states “never use will or would in the if-clause of conditional sentences” is not 100% true. We do use “would” in the if-clause in polite conditionals.

For example:

I would be grateful if you would send me an answer as soon as possible, and in any event, not later than COB on Thursday.

We would appreciate it if you would arrange for immediate payment.

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