Lesson 3c - Special Requests


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Lesson 3c - Special Requests


Asking for the time of day.

The most common question is:

What time is it?

You can make more polite by saying “please”: “What time is it please?”

We can also ask “Could you tell me what time it is?”

“Coul you please tell me what time it is?

Do you have the time?

And before asking any of the above questions, it’s best to say “Excuse me”, such as “Excuse me, do you have the time?”

Asking someone to dance

Now some these questions are more likely invitation rather than the request.

But I find all the differences interesting. So let’s take a look.

The first one is very casual. You can ask:

How about a dance?

The next two are more common:

Do you want to dance?

Would you like to dance?

And “Would you want to dance?” is more natural, sounds like than “Do you want to dance?”

More polite request with these “Would you care to dance?”

Very polite requests with these “May I have this dance, please?”

That’s very formal request.

So you focus right now, it’s very special request.

Let’s take a moment and talk about kinds of request you make in the restaurant.

Ordering food

In my personal opinion, I don’t think it’s very polite to use imperative, even at fast food restaurant like domina…

I wouldn’t say “give me..”, “give me a humburger”, “give me a coke”.

I think it’s best to say “Could I have..?” or “I’ll have..”

For example:

Could I have a cheese burger small fried and a coke?

Or I’ll have a fish sandwich …, please.

Ok, now if you are like in the restaurant, you can still use “Could I have…?” or “I’ll have..”

Or you could also say “I’d like..” , “I’d like to  …, please”.

You would also say “I’ll try…”, “I’ll try…, please”.

So any kinds of restaurant, I don’t think it’s appropriate to say “Give me…”

It’s better to say “Could I have…?” , “I’ll have…”, “I’ll try” or “I’d like…”

Ok, asking for permission.

When you request someone’s permission to do something, you are asking them to let you perform an action.

We can use “Let me…” and of course always add “please”.

For example:

Let me cook dinner for you.

Let me drive home.

Please let me explain.

Let me finish, please.

We can also ask “Can I…?” or “Could I…?” and of course, make them more polite by adding “please”.

For example:

Can I go now?

Could I take this home?

We can also ask “Do you mind or Would you mind if I…?”

And other negation: “Would you mind terribly if I…?”

And introduce these question, the appropriate answers are:

No, that’s fine/ No, that would be fine.

No, not at all.

Please do.

By giving these answers, you can say:

“No, I don’t mind..” if not want to be “No problem”

“Please go ahead”

And “Please do if you want”.

Example:

Daughter: Would you mind terribly if I didn’t spend New Year’s Eve at home this year? I’d like to go out with my friends.

Mother: I suppose that would be fine.

Another way to ask permission is: “Would it be all right if I…?”

For example:

Would it be all right if I borrowed your red sweater?

The question “May I…?” is very polite way to ask for permission.

For example:

May I be excused?

May I please have some more?

May I take this, please?

Written Requests

Informal requests are often made in notes:

For example:

Call John.

Meet me at the gym.

Please make 10 copies of this.

Formal requests are often used in business writing:

Examples:

I request that you take the time to review my case.

We request all employees to give at least one month’s notice before taking vacation time.

Note the grammar here:

With “request that”, we say request that + you + bare verb:

I request that you take the time…

I request that he take the time….

I request that they take the time…

Request that + a person + bare verb

In the second structure, it’s “request + who + infinitive”

Who request “all employees” to do what

Request who to do what.

Let’s talk about general politeness in writing.

Sometimes you need a level of formality that’s neither too much nor too little.

For example, when you write to me you don’t have to be overly polite, but please don’t order me to do anything.

For example:

You could write:

Jennifer, would you please teach a lesson on present perfect?

Jennifer, I’d like to ask you to help me with the pronunciation of ‘L”.

Jennifer, I’d appreciate it if you covered adjective clauses in a future lesson.

I think you are ready now for final exercise.

Here the final exercise. Listen to the question and choose the appropriate statement.

Example:

What would the father say to the son?

You remembered to turn off the light.

Don’t forget to turn off the light.

Answer: b.

1. What would the girlfriend say to her boyfriend?

a, I’d appreciate it if you called me.

b, Call me later, okay?

Answer: b.

2. What would the mother say to the small child?

a. Clean up the toys, please.

b. Do you mind cleaning up the toys?

Answer: a.

3. What would you say to the roommate?

a. Could you help me open this, please?

b. Open this.
Answer: a.

4. What would the student say to the teacher?

a. I wish you’d let me leave class a little early today.

b. May I leave class a little early today?

Answer: b.

5. What would the husband say to the wife?

a. Can you help me take the trash out?

b. I request that you help me take the trash out.
Answer: a.

6. What would the brother say to the sister?

a. Do you mind if I turn it up?

b. May I turn it up, please?

Answer: a.

7. What would the teacher say to the student?

a. Would it be all right to ask you to open your books to page 10?

b. Please open your books to page 10.

Answer: b

8. What would you say to the neighbour?

a. Tell me the time.

b. Do you know what time it is?

Answer: b.

9. What would you say to a friend?

a. I’d like to ask you to play a song.

b. Please play a song for me.
Answer: b.

That’s the offer for lesson of request.

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