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How to express requests, invitations and suggestions


This lesson aims to teach you how to express requests, invitations and suggestions.

How to express requestsinvitations, and suggestions



Requests and replies



We use different expressions to introduce a request — it depends who we are talking to, and
the 'size' of the request ('big' or 'small'). These are some of the most common (the 'small'requests first), with suitable positive and negative replies.

A: Could you pass me the salt?
B: Yes, sure.              
                             
A: Could I (possibly) borrow your dictionary?
B: Yes, of course. or Yes, help yourself (= yes, take it)
OR: Go ahead.

A: Do you think you could possibly lend me two or three pounds?
B: Yes sure.
OR: I'm afraid I can't / I'm afraid not / I haven't any money on me at all. / I wish I could but,... / I'm sorry but,...

A: I was wondering if I could (possibly) leave work half an hour early today.
OR: Would you mind if I left work ...
B: Yeah, no problem. or Well I'd rather you didn't (actually), because ...


Invitations and replies


We believe that an example worth a thousand explanations, so let's consider and learn from this situation:

A: Would you like to go out this evening?
B: Yeah great / lovely / I'd love to
OR: I'm sorry I can't.

A: We're going to a restaurant and we were wondering if you'd like to come with us?
B: I'd love to, but I'm afraid I can't.
OR: Oh, I'm afraid I have to look after my younger sister.



Suggestions and replies


Here are some common ways of asking for and making suggestions (= ideas for things to do/say/make, etc.) and suitable replies.

1. Asking for suggestions


What shall we do tonight?
Where shall we go this evening?

2. Making suggestions


We could go to the leisure centre and watch the basketball.
Why don't we try that new club in the main square?
How about (or what about) going to the cinema?

Note: How/What about + -ing

3. Responding


Yeah, great / fine / OK / that's a good idea.
Yeah, if you like. (= if you want to go, then I'm happy to go)
Yes, I don't mind. (= I have no preference)
I think I'd rather (= I would prefer to) go out for a meal.

Note: In this situation, learners often say 'it's the same for me'. We don't use this expression
in English; we say I don't mind.



Quiz



Test your knowledge now by passing this test from here:



Exercises


Correct the mistakes in this dialogue.  


A: Do you like to go out this evening?
B: I'm afraid but I haven't got any money.
A: That's OK, I'll pay. How about go to see a film?
B: No, actually I think I'd rather to stay at home and do my homework.
A: Why you don't do your homework this afternoon?
B: I'm busy this afternoon.
A: OK. How about tomorrow evening, then?  
B: Yeah good.
A: Great. What files shall we go to?  
B: For me it's the same.


Complete these dialogues with a suitable word or phrase.


A: Could you ............ open that window? It's very hot in here.
B: Yeah, ..................


A: Dave and Sally are here at the moment and we were ................. if you'd like to come over and join us for a meal this evening?
B: Yes, I'd...................................


A: What ....................... we do this evening?
B: I don't know really. Any ideas?
A: Why ..................... go to the cinema? We haven't been for ages.
B: Yeah, that's a ..................................................


A: OK. Where ............. we go on Saturday?
B: .....................going to the beach if the weather is good?
A: Yeah. Or we................try that new sports centre just outside town.
B: Mmm. I think I'd .......... go to the beach.
A: Yeah OK, if you....................


A: What ........... you like to do this weekend?
B: I don't ..................... . You decide.


Here are eight requests, invitations or suggestions. Respond to each one as fast as you can with a suitable reply. 

(If possible, do this activity with someone else: one of you asks the questions, the other answers.)


1. Could I borrow a pen for a minute?
2. Do you think you could post a letter for me?
3. I was wondering if you've got a suitcase you could lend me?
4. Would you like to go out this evening?
5. I've got some tickets for a concert of classical music and I was wondering if you'd like to go with me?
6. How about going to a football match at the weekend?
7. Why don't we meet this afternoon and practise our English for an hour?
8. We could invite some other people from our English class to meet us as well.

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