Level 2


Requests

Making requests:

Could you (do this), please?         Could you please (do this)?
Can you (do this), please?         Can you please (do this)?
Will you (do this), please?         Will you please (do this)?
Would you (do this), please?         Would you please (do this)?
I'd like to (do this).         I'd like you to (do this).
I want to (do this).         I want you to (do this).
Can I (do this)?         May I (do this)?
Would it be OK if I (do this)?         Would it be alright if I (did this)?
I'd appreciate it if you could (do this).       I'd appreciate it if you would (do this).
I was hoping you could (do this).         I was wondering if you could (do this).
Would it be a problem if (I did this)?         If it isn't too much trouble, could (I do this)?
I hope you don't mind, but could (you do this)?         I hope you don't mind, but would you (do this)?
I hope you don't mind, but could you please stop (doing this)?         I hope you don't mind, but would you please stop (doing this)?
Would you be willing to (do this)?         Would you mind (doing this)?
Would you be so kind as to (do this)?         Would you kindly (do this)?
Can you do me a favor?         Could you do me a favor?
Would you do me a favor?         Will you do me a favor?
Can you help me?         I'm really sorry to bother you, but could (I do this)?
I'm really sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to (do this)?         Could I ask you to (do this), please?
I'm afraid I have to ask you to (do this).         I'm afraid I have to ask you to stop (doing this).

Don't forget to say "Thank you."


Responding:

Positively:     Neutrally:     Negatively:
Yes.     I'll have to think about it.     No.
Sure.     I'll get back with you.     No way!
No problem.     Maybe.     I don't want to because....
OK.     We'll see.     I don't want you to because....
I can do that.     That's a possibility.     I can't because....
Why not?     I can't give you an answer right away.     You can't because....
I'd be happy to.     Let me think about it.     I'd rather you didn't (do it) because....
I'd love to.     Let me sleep on it.     Why should I?
Go ahead.     I have to sleep on it.     Why should I (do it)?
Feel free.     I have to ask (my spouse).     It's not OK with me.
It's fine with me.     I couldn't care less.     Yes, I do mind.
It's OK with me.     I'll think about it.     It's too much trouble.
No, I don't mind.     I'll give it some consideration.     I don't want to bother with it.
It's no trouble at all.     I'll consider it.     It's not important for me.
Don't worry. I'll handle it.     I'll give it some thought.     Sorry, maybe next time.

And there are many more things you can say.


These are just a few examples of what you can say. If you have any questions, please visit my Guest Book and post your question.


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