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15 Everyday Conversational Expressions Visiting p.1

 

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* 15 Visiting (p.1 of 6)

 

15.1 When you announce your arrival for a business appointment

 

I am here to see Mr. Johnson. Listen <My name is John Smith. I am here to see Mr. Johnson.>

I have an appointment with Mr. Johnson. Listen <I am an insurance agent. I have an appointment with Mr. Johnson.>

Could you please tell Mr. Johnson I am here? Listen <I am an investment broker. Heres my business card. Could you please tell Mr. Johnson I am here?>

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15.2 When you ask for permission to visit somebody

 

Can I come over? Listen (used with could or can or may) < Sure. Come over at your convenience.>

Could I come over tomorrow? Listen (used with could or can or may) <We need to discuss some important matter. Can I come over tomorrow?>

Do you mind if I stop by later today? Listen <I want to show you some documents. Do you mind if I stop by later today?>

Would you mind if I stopped by later? Listen <We need to talk. Would you mind if I stopped by later?>

Would it be a problem if I dropped by for a few minutes sometime? Listen < No problem. Please drop by.>

Would it be alright if I dropped by for a few minutes? Listen < It will be perfectly all right.>

When would be a good time for me to come over? Listen < Any time tonight.>

When is a good time for you? Listen < Please come over this afternoon.>

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15.3 When you want to learn more about the event you are invited to

 

What time should I be there? Listen < The event begins at 7p.m. Please come over at least half an hour earlier.>

What do you have planned? Listen < The program will be busy. We are still making arrangements.>

Is it casual or formal? Listen < The event is very casual.>

How should I dress? Listen < Any decent casual wear will be OK.>

What should I wear? Listen < This event is formal. A suit and tie will be appropriate.>

I am planning to drive. Hows the parking at your place? Listen <There is plenty of parking space at our place. Regular parking is free. Also, there will be valet parking available for guests.>

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15.4 When you want to show initiative to bring something for a meal

 

Can I bring something? Listen (used with could or can or may) <There will be many people at the event. Can I bring something?>

Can I bring anything? Listen (used with could or can or may) <Can I bring anything? Will it be appropriate?>

Do I need to bring anything? Listen <Do I need to bring anything? What if I bring some food?>

Should I bring anything? Listen <Are other people bringing food or wine? Should I bring anything?>

Would you like me to bring something? Listen < Please dont bother. We have plenty of everything.>

What should I bring? Listen < You dont need to bring anything. We hired a restaurant to cater the event.>

Shall I bring wine? Listen <Shall I bring wine? I have a bottle of good Chardonnay.>

Would you like me to bring wine? Listen < What kind of wine do you have?>

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15.5 When you want to tell at what time you will return home

 

I'll be right back. Listen <Im going to see Nick now. He is staying at The Holiday Inn. Dont be gone too long. Ill be right back.>

I'll be back by eleven. Listen < Its late. Can you make it home earlier than that?>

I'll be home late. Listen < Ill be waiting for you.>

I'll be gone just a few hours. Listen < OK, take your time. I have a lot of work to do.>

Don't wait up for me. Listen < OK, then I will go to bed. Dont wake me up when you come back.>

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15.6 When you need to apologize for being late

 

Sorry I'm late. Listen < We started without you.>

Sorry to keep you waiting. Listen < Dont worry. We are still waiting for some other guests.>

I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. Listen <Im sorry to have kept you waiting. Traffic on the freeway was hell.>

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