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The answer needs to be in French, I am Francophone, but my English skills are better, so I'll ask the question in English.

What is the most polite way to ask someone (not a close friend) for money? It's like a donation, not a loan. I think in English they say chip in or maybe there's a better expression. It's like financial aid. What I come up with is

J'aimerais savoir si vous pouvez m'aider en envoyant xx dollars.

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You'll need to provide more context. Is it going to be spoken, or written? In a formal document, an email, a note? – Alexis Pigeon Feb 10 '14 at 9:22
@AlexisPigeon written in an email, formal but not so formal, the other person is a friend, but we haven't spoke for a long time – Lynob Feb 10 '14 at 9:28
Smells like a scam in preparation :P – Alexandre Vaillancourt Feb 10 '14 at 18:25
@AlexandreVaillancourt funny – Lynob Feb 10 '14 at 19:34
The only polite way is not to ask for money in the first place ... – jlliagre Feb 11 '14 at 1:42
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Pouvez-vous, s’il vous plait, me venir en aide d’X dollars ?

You can use « S’il vous plait » or « Je vous prie ».

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shouldn't I use Le conditionnel? pour exprimer un souhait? or it doesn't make a difference here? – Lynob Feb 10 '14 at 19:30
Not realy. The conditionnel isn’t important here. – Fauve Feb 11 '14 at 22:59
Est-ce une expression québécoise ? En tant que français, je trouve la formulation Pouvez-vous, s’il vous plait, me dépanner d’X dollars ? plus naturelle bien que moins soutenue. – A.L Feb 12 '14 at 17:14
Aucunement, même si souvent les gens pensent que je suis québécois (Alors que je n’ai jamais posé les pieds sur la Belle Province ni dans le reste du Canada) :) Mais le verbe « dépanner » n’a pas sa place ici puisque @Fischer demandais justement la façon la plus soutenue de formuler cette requête. – Fauve Feb 13 '14 at 2:23

Pourriez-vous contribuer (à la lutte contre la faim / à lutter contre le nucléaire) en m'envoyant XX dollars.

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