Similar to making requests or asking for favours, we should be polite and helpful when making offers in English conversations. Here are the common expressions to use when you offer.
- Can I… ?
- Shall I… ?
- Would you like … ?
- How about …?
Let’s listen to the conversation to learn how to make offers in English.
|1. Here. Have a cookie.||Thanks.|
|2. Would you like some pie?||No thank you. It looks delicious though.|
|3. How about a glass of wine?||Thanks, but I don’t drink (alcohol).|
|4. What will you have (to drink)?||Orange juice will be fine.|
|5. Would you like some more cake?||Sure. It’s really good. Did you bake it yourself ?|
|6. Can I get you some milk or something?||Well, a glass of water would be okay.|
English learner must be able to make offers as well as accept or reject them. The following are useful expressions to do so.
- “Can I help you?” – “Yes, I am looking for a pencil.” (at a shop)
- “Can I help you?” – “No thanks, I can do it myself.“
- “Shall I help you with washing the clothes?” – “Yes, please. That would be very nice“
- “Would you like some coffee?” – “No thank you.”
- “Would you like me to open the door for you?” – “Thank you, that would be great.”
- “I’ll do the cleaning, if you like.” – “Don’t worry, I’ll do it.“