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Requesting

Here are some phrases and expressions for requesting in English.

See also : Free-English-Study : Requesting

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(Simple imperative verb): - Help me.*

Please + verb (more polite) - Please help me.

Can you . . . ? - Can you help me?

Will you . . . ? - Will you help me?

Could you (please) . . . ? - Could you help me?

Would you (please). . . ? - Would you please help me?

Would you mind (V+ing) . . . ? - Would you mind helping me?

Could you possibly . . . ? - Could you possibly help me out here?

(very polite) Would you be so kind as to . . . ? - Would you be so kind as to help me (with this)?

1. Give me a paper towel.

2. Please mail this letter for me.

3. Would you please turn down that music?

4. Will you type my term paper for me?

5. Would you give me a ride home?
(Could you . . .)


Here you are.

Okay. I'll stop by the post office on my way home.

Sorry. Is it bothering you?

Sure. When do you need it?

Sorry. I'm not going in that direction.

*This is also used in commands: Example, Go to your room!

For Conversation practice :

Speaking Situations : Requesting

See also:

Speaking : Asking for Favors

Grammar : Basic Modals, Common Modal Usage

Business : Requesting

Textbook Recommendation : Touchy Situations, Chapter 7

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