Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Learn Wednesday English!
ABA English: Friday Message |
Hello!!How are you doing?
I hope you are well and enjoying your Wednesday!
Today we are going to look at how to
make formal requests
Most commonly we use “could” and “may” to make formal requests.
Have a look at a dialogue between Frank (F) and John (J) to see how to use them correctly:
F: Good morning, John.
open the window in here? It’s very hot.
J: Sure, Frank! As you are standing up,
also turn on the fan to cool down the room?
F: OK, no problem!
Could you and Mike
go to the bank for me later? I urgently need to convert 500 pounds into US dollars and have no free time today.
go to a few banks to get the best rate?
J: Of course you may!
As you can see, we use “may” and “could” to make formal requests. Questions with “may” or “could” are more formal than questions with “can”.
*An important rule to remember is that
we only use “may” in questions with the first person forms “I” and “we”
. We can
use “could” with all persons
We use “can”, “could” and “may” to ask for permission. However, we use “can” and “may”, but not “could”, to give permission. For example:
- May I May I use your car tomorrow?
- Yes, you may.
- Can I go out tonight?
- Yes, you can, but be home by ten.
I hope this has been useful for you! For more information on this topic, please check out
of the ABA online course.
Have a great day!
Bye for now!
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