Today, I’d like to talk about how you can improve your English conversation skills making polite requests.
It isn’t nice to give orders in English; if you don’t use polite expressions people will think that you are rude. So, if you’d like to ask something you need to be polite and people will respond in the same way.
I’m going to share with you some expressions that you can use in any situation, but especially in business situations.
Could you please…?
Would you …?
Can you …? It’s not a very polite expression as “could you”; it’s kind of casual.
Would you mind …? This is a very special expression. For example when someone ask you, “Would you mind opening the window?” what he is really trying to say is, “Do you have any objection in opening the window?”. So the answer should be “No, no problem, I’ll open the window”. Please notice that if you use the expression “would you mind”, the verb that you are going to use has to be infinitive.
Examples: Would you mind turning on the lights?
Would you mind taking this book back for me?
No, not at all.
Of course not.
Yes, I would.
Now, let’s see how you can use these expressions in real situations.
Could you please sign this form?
Would you fill out this form?
Please, bring us some water.
Could you please bring us another bottle of wine?
Could you please send them an email?
Would you mind sending them a letter?
Could you please send me some towels to my room?
Would you send me some towels to my room?
I can barely hear you; could you please speak a little louder?
Could you please close the door?
Would you mind turning off the TV?
Remember next time when you are making a request to use these polite expressions, and it’ll help you to improve your English conversation skills, and you’ll have pleasant experiences.
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