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17 Everyday Conversational Expressions Particular Conversational Matters p.2

 

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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 youve got a lot of luggage.>

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17.8 When you offer service

 

How can I help you? Listen A How can I be of service for you? < Im looking for mens wear.>

Can I help you? Listen A Can I be of service for you? (used with can or may) < Im 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 A Do you need anything else? < A glass of wine, please.>

Will there be anything else? Listen A Will you order anything else? < No, thats all.>

Is there anything else? Listen < Just coffee.>

Is that all? Listen A Is that all you need? < Yes, thats all.>

Will that be all? Listen < Yes, thatll be all.>

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17.9 When you dont need anything else

 

No, thanks. Listen A No, I dont need it. <Would you care for another cup of tea? No, thanks. Im OK.>

Thats all. Listen A Thats all I need. <Do you need anything else? No, thats all.>

Thats it. Listen <Anything else? Thats it. Thank you.>

Thatll be all. Listen <Will there be anything else? No, thatll 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 A Do you need another serving? < Well, why not?>

How about a cup of tea? Listen < Yes, thatll 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? Whats on?>

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

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

How about going to the beach on Saturday? Listen < Im 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, Im 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 didnt you ask me earlier? I can help you right away.>

Why dont you give me a hand? Listen <Im moving heavy boxes. Why dont you give me a hand? Ill 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? Its 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 < Ill help you. Lets go.>

Would you be so kind as to help me with my English task? Listen < Sorry, Im 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 hes 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 cant. You have had a couple of cookies already. Please!>

May I come in? Listen A Do you mind if I enter? (used with can or may or could) < Yes, please. Weve 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 dont 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 dont 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 dont mind, can I open the window? Listen A If you dont object to what I want to do < You got it. No problem.>

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