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    будьте любезны

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    Будьте любезны сказать(?) или скажите(?) мне где находиться выход!

    Second question:
    Is it more polite than:
    Скажите мне пожалуйста где находится выход!

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    Can I do a combination
    Будьте любезны сказать(?) или скажите(?) мне пожалуйста где находиться выход!
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    1. "скажите"
    "сказать" is possible here, but... I whould say, if you read such a phrase, you think by default that is has a little bit "stern" or "command" tone. Without knowing context or hearing voice tone I whould think so.

    2. "будьте любезны" is a little bit "old-fashioned", a very little bit. politness is the same.

    3. you can. 'сказать' almost doesn't fit here.

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    "Будьте любезны" sounds these days way too stupid...
    Use it only if you trust your companion and / or want to add some fun to the conversation.
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    "Будьте добры" or "будьте так добры" are modern replacements for "будьте любезны".
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    So the following expression is 100% polite and makes good impression?

    Будьте добры (где стоит ударение?) скажите мне пожалуйста где находиться выход!
    Чем больше слов, тем меньше они стоят.

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    "добрЫ". And it's better to omit "мне".
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonio1986 View Post
    So the following expression is 100% polite and makes good impression?

    Будьте добры (где стоит ударение?) скажите мне пожалуйста где находиться выход!
    Yes. And actually no one should see any "rules" in strick black or white colours. I wrote above that "будьте любезны" sounds not well, but had a phone call today when some woman used that expression and it wasn`t sarcastic at all.
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