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Permission Interrupt

 

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Description

Ask the other person if you can interrupt.

You can also add some flattery into the interrupt if you wish.

Example

Could I just say something here?

That's a good point -- can I add another thought for you?

You've made me think here -- can I comment?

Discussion

Of course asking if you can interrupt is itself an interrupt, but done as a permission question it becomes more acceptable.

The exchange principle works here. When you ask permission you are showing consideration and politeness, which obliges the other to concede to your request.

See also

Exchange principle, Question Interrupt

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