Requests Would write Would you please write clearly? Couldwork Could you work with a partner on Exercise 4?
More Requests NO!! I’m sorry, I can’t. I can’t. I don’t accept late homework. Would accept Would you accept my homework late? My dog ate it.
And More Requests Would you mind looking over Would you mind looking over my assignment? I’m not sure it’s right. could leave And, could I leave class ten minutes early today?
And Even More Requests! Canborrow Can I borrow your eraser for a moment? Willlet Will you let me copy your homework? Sure. NO!!!
Formal Requests Use could and would to make formal requests (ask someone to do something). Could and would soften requests and make them more polite. Could Could you work on Exercise 4? base form
Informal Requests Use can and will for less formal requests. Canborrow Can I borrow your eraser? Sure. base form
Requests with Please Use please to make a request more polite. Note the word order. Would please Would you open your books, please? Wouldplease Would you please open your books?
Practice 1 Change the statements into polite requests using would or could. Add please. Open your books. Example: Would/Could you please open your books? 1. Turn to page twelve. 2. Repeat what you said. 3. Take out your notebooks. 4. Pronounce this word. 5. Write down the answers. 6. Tell me what grade I got. 1. Would/Could you please turn to page twelve? 2. Would/Could you please repeat what you said? 3. Would/Could you please take out your notebooks? 4. Would/Could you please pronounce this word ? 5. Would/Could you please write down the answers? 6. Would/Could you please tell me what grade I got?
Affirmative Answers to Requests When we say yes to a request, we usually use expressions such as sure, certainly, of course, and no problem. Would help Would you help me read this? Of course Of course I will help you.
Negative Answers to Requests Would accept Would you accept my homework late? When we cannot say yes to a request, we usually apologize and give an explanation. NO!! I’m sorry, I can’t I’m sorry, I can’t. I don’t accept late homework. What she thinks What she says
Practice 2 Imagine you are in these situations. Make polite requests with Would you mind. Then think of possible replies. You are talking to your English teacher. Example: A: Would you mind explaining a grammar rule to me? B: Not at all. How can I help you? 1. You are talking to your boss. 2. You want your co-worker to help you. 3. You want your children to clean up their rooms. 4. You want your wife/ husband to help you cook dinner.
Would you mind …? Would you mind opening Would you mind opening the door for me? Use would you mind + gerund to make polite requests. Gerund = base form + -ing
Be Careful! When we answer this type of request with Not at all, it means that we will do what the person requests. Would you mind looking Would you mind looking over my assignment? Not at all! I don’t mind at all! OK. I’ll do it!