Polite Requests

May 26, 2015

Do you ever get annoyed with English people continually saying please, thank you or sorry? It’s important to remember that English is a very polite language which uses a lot of indirect structures. For example, you may have noticed the unusual way that English people make requests. This week, my students have been learning and practising using Polite Requests:

When making a request we often incorporate a modal verb such as can or could (could might be considered a little more formal). REMEMBER: although the sentence is structured like a question, the speaker is not looking for an answer:

  • Can I have the bill, please?”
  • Could you pass me the water, please?”

When you are seeking someone’s attention, remember to use some polite language to begin the conversation:

  • Excuse me, could I ask you…”
  • Sorry to interrupt, but…”

Sometimes you may be seeking permission for something (REMEMBER: “do you mind if…” has a similar meaning to “would it be a problem if…” and thus the response has to reflect this):

  • Do you mind if I leave a bit early today?”
  • Is it alright if I sit here?”

Do you use these structures regularly when you speak English? Are any of them similar to your own language?



Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

 ICE blogger ally_pic.jpg

 Ally

 

 

 

 

Category List


Tag List

grammar tips (1)
english as a foreign language (3)
Journalist Course London (1)
Historic moment (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)
Listening in English (2)
Insider info London (14)
study english onlline (1)
Learn english online (12)
Polite questions (1)
silent disco (1)
Journalism Course London (1)
making predictions (1)
london events (1)
Reading in English (1)
Things to do in London (6)
past modal verbs (1)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
Victoria park (1)
defining relative clauses (1)
Things to see in London (4)
study tips (9)
Shopping in London (4)
english course london (12)
Covent Garden (1)
ILEC (1)
exams (1)
efl (4)
New language (7)
future tenses english (1)
Beautiful London (8)
Tweed (1)
IELTS (2)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
Field day (1)
London markets (4)
music festivals uk (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
future tenses efl (1)
saga (1)
reading tips (1)
Christmas in London (3)
pronuciation (3)
english study tips (1)
Islington Centre for English (6)
study english (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
things to do london (1)
grammar (1)
Cycling (1)
English vocabulary (3)
ICE (5)
English grammar (4)
Students (2)
London Summer (7)
Somewhere to go London (3)
student study tips (1)
Fun (1)
Attractions in London (1)
Where to visit London (3)
Business English (1)
London (5)
English (1)
English tips (4)
english grammar online (1)
FCE (4)
the shard (1)
Tourist tips (5)
english grammar tips (1)
Vocabulary (11)
London Marathon (1)
Learn English (15)
Idiom (3)
Journalism classes London (1)
mini-saga (1)
Free english lessons (10)
past modals (1)
Learning tips (10)
english school (2)
Adjective (2)
New blog (1)
english school online (1)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
music festival London (1)
CAE (3)
english courses london (1)
Winter in London (6)
english grammar help (1)
New vocabulary (4)
Relaxing London (4)
writing a mini-saga (1)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
Social programme (1)
free english grammar (2)
the people's tower (1)
english school london (12)
narrative voice (2)
writing a mini saga (1)
Francais (2)
Barney Ronay (1)
Events in London (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
Places to see in London (4)
Recording vocabulary (3)
Halloween (2)
spelling (1)
Hello from Ally (1)
English food (3)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
english review (1)
Peaceful London (2)

Tag Cloud

study tipsthe shardenglish school londonstudy english onllineFCElondon eventsWhere to visit LondonspellingFunCAEShopping in LondonAdjectiveIslington Centre for EnglishThings to see in LondonWinter in Londonfree english grammarEnglish foodreading tipsIdiomLearning tipsNew blogthings to do londonnarrative voiceEnglish tipsEvents in Londonmusic festival LondonThings to do in LondonHistoric momentJournalism evening course LondonField daypast modal verbswriting a mini-sagaSomewhere to go LondonBasic English mistakesmini-sagafuture tenses englishRelaxing LondonVocabularyCovent GardenLearn english onlinegrammarJournalism classes LondonJournalism MasterclassVocabulary notebookChristmas in LondonSocial programmeIELTSsilent discoPlaces to see in Londonenglish grammar helpListening in EnglishJournalist Course Londonenglish courses londonSomewhere to visit LondonHello from AllyLondon Summerenglish schoolmusic festivals ukCyclingLondon MarathonPolite questionsJournalism Course LondonBusiness EnglishBarney RonayeflLondonTweedenglish as a foreign languageenglish reviewpronuciationSomewhere to visitenglish study tipsCambridge Exam PreparationRecording vocabularySport Journalism Courseexamsenglish school onlineFree english lessonsenglish course londonenglish grammar tipsVictoria parkReading in EnglishEnglish vocabularyInsider info LondonBeautiful LondonStudentsthe people's towergrammar tipsEnglish grammarNew vocabularyCool as a cucumberNew languagestudy englishLearn Englishstudent study tipsWorld Naked Bike RideICEPeaceful LondonHalloweenLondon marketsILECwriting a mini sagasagadefining relative clausesEnglishImprove your vocabularyAttractions in Londonmaking predictionsFrancaisTourist tipsenglish grammar onlinefuture tenses eflpast modals


Archive