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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 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 –  Fischer Feb 10 at 9:28
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Smells like a scam in preparation :P –  Alexandre Vaillancourt Feb 10 at 18:25
    
@AlexandreVaillancourt funny –  Fischer Feb 10 at 19:34
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The only polite way is not to ask for money in the first place ... –  jlliagre Feb 11 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? –  Fischer Feb 10 at 19:30
    
Not realy. The conditionnel isn’t important here. –  Fauve Feb 11 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. –  n.1 Feb 12 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 at 2:23
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Pourriez-vous contribuer (à la lutte contre la faim / à lutter contre le nucléaire) en m'envoyant XX dollars.

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