066 How to make polite requests

066 How to make polite requests

How to make and respond to polite requests

It’s important to be polite when you ask for something.

You can make a request by using:

  • can you …?
  • could you …?
  • will you …?
  • would you mind …?

Here are some examples of how to make a request.

 

Can you
Will you
Could you possibly
open the door for me, please?
would you mind opening the door for me ?

 

 

Making Request:

  • Can you show me your photo album, please?
  • Will you lend me your book, please?
  • Could you possibly show me the way to the post office, please?
  • Would you help me with this exercise, please?
  • Would you mind lending me your pen, please?

 

 

Responding to request:

  • Sure here you are.
  • Okay.
  • No, I’m sorry I need it
  • I’m afraid I can’t.

 


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