a)when the series of lectures on teaching methods will take place;
b)who is to give a talk in the-philosophy seminar. Ask him/her to do a
6.You're going to ask your acquaintance to lend
you the last is
sue of the fashion magazine "Burda". Call her/him and ask if you can
have it tomorrow.
7.You wish to take your girl friend to a party.
Ask your farther to
give you his car for tomorrow night.
Your friend and you are at the airport. You
need your friend's
help in a number of ways: with the luggage, checking in, flight infor
just about to drive away from the parking lot when a
man backs into the space in front of your car and makes it impossible.
Ask him to let you have space to move out.
10. You're negotiating with
your business partner and going to
place a big order with his company. Ask him to make allowances or to
Unit 7. Asking for Permission and Instructions, Giving Permission
The British use different ways of asking for permission and of granting or refusing it.
Can I... ? (familiar and informal)
May I... ? (formal)
Could I... ? ( if you don't mind ) ? (more polite)
Do you think I could ...
I wonder if I could ...
Do you mind if ... ? (+ Past Infinitive) - implies that the speaker intends to do what he asks.
Would you mind if... ? (+ Past Subjunctive) - does riot imply this.
e.g. Do you mind if I come a bit later?
Would you mind if I came a bit later?
Is it O'K/all right if I... /(for me) to... ? (rather informal)
Answering "Yes" (to grant permission)
(Yes) certainly. - in reply to Can I... ? Could I...? May I... ?
(Yes) of course.
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