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* 17 Particular Conversational Matters (p.2 of 9)

 

17.6�� When you make a recommendation

 

I recommend that you return home at once.�� Listen�� <�It is going to rain. What should we do?� � �I recommend that you return home at once.�>

I suggest that you eat sweet dishes last.�� Listen�� <�There is so much delicious food on the table!� � �I suggest that you eat sweet dishes last.�>

I would like to propose that we start the project from scratch.�� Listen�� <�Our project has failed. Any ideas?� � �I would like to propose that we start the project from scratch.�>

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17.7�� When you ask for favors

 

Can you please help me repair my bicycle?�� Listen�� < � �Sure. What's the problem?�>

Could you please give me a cup of tea?�� Listen�� < � �I would be glad to. What kind of tea do you prefer?�>

Would you please get me a taxi?�� Listen�� < � �No problem. It looks like you�ve got a lot of luggage.�>

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17.8�� When you offer service

 

How can I help you?�� Listen�� AHow can I be of service for you?��� < � �I�m looking for men�s wear.�>

Can I help you?�� Listen�� ACan I be of service for you?��� (used with can or may)�� < � �I�m not ready to order yet.�>

What can I do for you?�� Listen�� < � �I need a small loan.�>

What else can I do for you?�� Listen�� < � �Give me another beer.�>

Anything else?�� Listen�� ADo you need anything else?��� < � �A glass of wine, please.�>

Will there be anything else?�� Listen�� AWill you order anything else?��� < � �No, that�s all.�>

Is there anything else?�� Listen�� < � �Just coffee.�>

Is that all?�� Listen�� AIs that all you need?��� < � �Yes, that�s all.�>

Will that be all?�� Listen�� < � �Yes, that�ll be all.�>

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17.9�� When you don�t need anything else

 

No, thanks.�� Listen�� ANo, I don�t need it.��� <�Would you care for another cup of tea?� � �No, thanks. I�m OK.�>

That�s all.�� Listen�� AThat�s all I need.��� <�Do you need anything else?�� �No, that�s all.�>

That�s it.�� Listen�� <�Anything else?� � �That�s it. Thank you.�>

That�ll be all.�� Listen�� <�Will there be anything else?�� �No, that�ll be all.�>

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17.10�� When you offer something to somebody

 

Have a cookie.�� Listen�� < � �Thanks. Only if it's not too sweet.�>

Would you like some pie?�� Listen�� < � �Sure. It's really good.�>

Would you like some more cake?�� Listen�� < � �No, thank you. It tastes delicious, though.�>

Would you care for another drink?�� Listen�� ADo you need another serving?��� < � �Well, why not?�>

How about a cup of tea?�� Listen�� < � �Yes, that�ll be nice.�>

Can I get you some juice or something?�� Listen�� < � �Well, a glass of milk would be OK.�>

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17.11�� When you invite somebody to do something

 

Do you want to have another beer?�� Listen�� < � �No, thanks. I have had enough tonight.�>

Do you feel like going to a movie theater?�� Listen�� < � �Well, why not? What�s on?�>

Would you like to go to the museum tomorrow?�� Listen�� ADo you wish�?��� < � �Sure, that would be great. When do we meet?�>

Would you care to dance with me?�� Listen�� AWould you like to...��� < � �Oh, I would love to.�>

How about going to the beach on Saturday?�� Listen�� < � �I�m not sure. Can I get back to you on that?�>

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17.12�� When you request somebody to do something

 

Please!�� Listen�� A �I am requesting you to do it earnestly although you might refuse.��� <�Can you help me?� � �No, I�m busy now.� � �Please!�>

Can you help me?�� Listen�� < � �Sure. What do you need?�>

When you get a chance, please help me in the kitchen.�� Listen�� < � �Sure. What do you want me to do?�>

Please help me in the garden when you have a minute.�� Listen�� < � �Why didn�t you ask me earlier? I can help you right away.�>

Why don�t you give me a hand?�� Listen�� <�I�m moving heavy boxes. Why don�t you give me a hand?� � �I�ll be with you in just a minute.�>

Will you prepare a coffee for me?�� Listen�� < � �OK. How do you like it?�>

Could you take me to the airport?�� Listen�� (used with could or can)�� < � �Sorry. I'm not going in that direction.�>

Could you possibly help me with my English task?�� Listen�� (used with could or can)�� < � �Can't you do it yourself? It�s not that hard.�>

Would you turn down the radio?�� Listen�� < � �I am sorry. Is it bothering you?�>

Would you mind helping me in the backyard?�� Listen�� < � �I�ll help you. Let�s go.�>

Would you be so kind as to help me with my English task?�� Listen�� < � �Sorry, I�m busy at the moment.�>

Help me in the garden, if you please.�� Listen�� A �If you wish. If it is your pleasure. Please.��� < � �No problem. What do you want me to do there?�>

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17.13�� When you inquire about a person's abilities

 

Can he sing?�� Listen�� < � �Not really. He has no talent in that area. He is good at playing violin.�>

Does he play the piano?�� Listen�� < � �Yes, but not too well.�>

Is he good at dancing?�� Listen�� < � �Yes, he dances very well. And he�s good at acting, too.�>

Does he know how to use a computer?�� Listen�� < � �Of course. He is a professional programmer.�>

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17.14�� When you ask permission

 

Please!�� Listen�� A �I am asking you earnestly although you might refuse.��� <�Can I have another cookie?� � �No, you can�t. You have had a couple of cookies already.� � �Please!�>

May I come in?�� Listen�� ADo you mind if I enter?��� (used with can or may or could)�� < � �Yes, please. We�ve been waiting for you.�>

Can I have a piece of pie?�� Listen�� (used with can or may or could)�� < � �Please help yourself.�>

I want to open the window. Do you mind?�� Listen�� A �Do you object to what I want to do?��� < � �Please do. But don�t let flies in.�>

Do you mind if I invite my friend for dinner?�� Listen�� < � �Yes, please introduce him to us.�>

Do you mind if I turned on the radio?�� Listen�� < � �I'd rather you didn't. I want to sleep.�>

Would you mind if I asked you something?�� Listen�� < � �What is that?�>

Is it OK if I opened the door?�� Listen�� < � �Sure. But please go outside if you're going to smoke.�>

I want to turn the TV set on. Is this OK with you?�� Listen�� < � �I don�t mind. Turn it down, though.�>

Would it be alright if I took the car tonight?�� Listen�� < � �Go ahead. Don't scratch it, though.�>

If you don�t mind, can I open the window?�� Listen�� A �If you don�t object to what I want to do���� < � �You got it. No problem.�>

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