Making a request is funtional language in English speaking. It’s important to be polite when making a request for something or some action from other people. The way you request people to do something for you is the same as when you ask for favours.
|1. Give me a paper towel.||Here you are.|
|2. Please mail this letter for me.||Okay. I’ll stop by the post office on my way home.|
|3. Would you please turn down that music?||Sorry. Is it bothering you?|
|4. Will you type my term paper for me?||Sure. When do you need it?|
|5. Would you give me a ride home?||Sorry. I’m not going in that direction.|
Here are some useful phrases for you to learn making a request.
- Can I…?
- Can you…?
- Could I possibly…?
- Could I…?
- Could you possibly…?
- Could you…?
- I need (to)… Can you help?
- I’d be (very) grateful if you could…
- May I…?
- Have you got time to…?
- Can/Could I ask you to…?
- Could I/you by any chance…?
- Do you think you could…?
- I heard that you are an expert on…
- If you could…, I’d/I’ll…
- If you’re not too busy,…
- If…, that would be a great help.
- Would it be possible for you to…?
- Would you mind …ing (…)?
- You’re good at…, aren’t you?