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Is word "request" more a "want" than a "wish"?

Asked by LanceVance (645points) March 29th, 2008
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iSteve's avatar

Hmm. I guess I’d have to lean toward “want” but I’d actually classify it as more of strong suggestion!!!

squirbel's avatar

I’d say it is more of a “want” – but “please-do” is closer to the meaning :P

sndfreQ's avatar

Siding with iSteve here, I’d say it depends on the context of the statement-while usually indicating a gesture of politeness, use of the word “request” can, in some cases, insinuate a demand or even a veiled threat, if the sender of the message is being curt or otherwise terse in the manner of their phrasing or tone.

For example
“We kindly request that you cease and desist all activity pertaining to (x) matter, or risk litigation.” [shudders]

gooch's avatar

“we request your presence at our wedding” it’s a want not a wish because you will probally come. I wish bigger than that but wishes are usually not attainable and wants are more reasonable. I wish for a million bucks.

gailcalled's avatar

Hmm, after brooding, I think that when one makes a request, there needs to be a recipient. You can say, “I want” or “I wish” without directing the thought at anyone.

For example, I might possibly request that some fluthers proof-read before hitting “send.” I wish the weather would warm up. I want to see my 5000 daffodils.

jballou's avatar

A request is more of a polite command then a want or a wish. You only really use request in reference to obtaining some sort of a service from a person or a business.

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