Polite Requests

Similar Lessons:

How to ask and give directions
How to tell the time

Asking people to do things:

Can you wait a moment, please?
Could you tell me how to get to the library?
Do you think you could post my letter?
I wonder if you could sign the paper?
Do you mind helping me with my project?

Asking for and giving permission:

May I come in? "yes, please do."
Could I use your calculator? "yes. sure'
Can I speak to Mr. Drill, please?

For offering an invitation:

Would you like a cup of tea?
Would you like to play chess with me?

Informally to a friend

Do you think you could turn the volume of the TV down?
Do you think you could give me a lift to the station?
Do you think I could borrow your car?

Formally to a Stranger

Could you tell me where the nearest ATM is, please?
Would you mind if I sit here?
Would you mind lending me your book, please?
Would you like to sit here?
Would you mind giving me a hand with my suitcase?


We can add the phrase by any chance at the end of our request to make it more polite. (More for information requests)

Do you know what time it is by any chance? (friends / strangers)
Excuse me, do you know how I can get to the theater by any chance? (strangers)

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