Asking Permission

Modals are commonly used for asking permission Click for Audio

Can I ask you a question?

May I have a piece of cake?

Could I get you to turn off the lights

Some other common phrases are

Do you mind if I smoke?

Would you mind if I asked you something?

Is it okay if I sit here?

Would it be all right if I borrowed your lawn mower?

Giving Permission


Go ahead.

No problem.

See also :

Grammar : Common Modal Usage

Textbook Recommendation : Touchy Situations, Chapter 7

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16