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17                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                           Particular Conversational Matters p.3

 

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* 17 Particular Conversational Matters (p.3 of 9)

 

17.15   When you ask permission to do something on your own initiative

 

Allow me.   Listen   <John took a bag from Nancy and said, “Allow me”.>

Permit me.   Listen   <Bill opened the door for Alice and said, “Permit me”.>

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17.16   When you give permission

 

Please.   Listen   A “Please do it.”   <“Can I take another bite of your delicious apple pie?” – “Please. I’m glad you like it.”>

If you please.   Listen   A “If you wish so. I agree with your request.”   <“Do you need me to help you in the garden?” – “If you please. There are a couple small jobs there.”>

If you don’t mind.   Listen   A “Please do it if you don’t have objections. I agree with your request.”   <“Do you want me to turn off the television?” – “If you don’t mind. I’ve got to work on my article.”>

Would you please?   Listen   A “Please do what you are requesting.”   <“Can I help you with your English task?” – “Would you please?”>

Sure.   Listen   A “Yes, certainly.”   <“May I have another cup of tea?” – “Sure. Wait until the water is hot.”>

Go ahead.   Listen   A “Do it. You have my permission.”   <“May I ask you a question?” – “Go ahead.”>

No problem.   Listen   A “I don’t have a problem with your doing it.”   <“Can I borrow your bicycle?” – “No problem. Don’t forget to return it, though.”>

Shoot!   Listen   A “Say it! Ask your question!”   <“Can I say something?” – “Sure. Shoot.”>

It doesn’t bother me any.   Listen   A “It does not trouble me and I don’t have any objections.”   <“Do you mind if I Listen to the radio?” – “No. It doesn’t bother me any.”>

It doesn’t bother me at all.   Listen   <“Can I smoke in the room?” – “Go ahead. It doesn’t bother me at all.”>

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17.17   When you ask for directions

 

Excuse me, how can I get to the post office?   Listen   < – “Go straight down Main Street. It's between the movie theater and the city park.”>

How do I get to the local pub?   Listen   < – “Sorry. I don't live around here.”>

Can you please tell me how to get to the nearest grocery?   Listen   < – “There's one right across the street.”>

Can you give me directions to the stadium?   Listen   < – “I don’t know. You need to ask somebody else.”>

What's the best way to get to the bank?   Listen   < – “It's right around the corner!”>

Where is the Town Hall?   Listen   < – “It's in downtown next to the Civic Center.”>

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17.18   When you give directions

 

First, go straight until you get to the major intersection.   Listen

At the traffic light turn left.   Listen

Then, go down the street for two blocks.   Listen

After that, turn left again at the stop sign.   Listen

Stay on that street for about fifty yards.   Listen

When you get to the city park, cross the street.   Listen

It's right there, next to McDonald's. You can't miss it!   Listen

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17.19   When you ask somebody to wait

 

Wait.   Listen   < “Wait. Don’t be in such a hurry. I can’t keep up with you.”>

Wait a moment.   Listen   <“I think you are wrong!” – “Wait a moment! Who gave you the right to express your opinion here?”>

Wait a minute.   Listen   <“Driver! Wait a minute.” – “What’s up?” – “I think we are going in the wrong direction.”>

Wait a second.   Listen   <“Can I please see Mr. Johnson?” – “Wait a second. Let me find out if he is in the office today.”>

One moment, please.   Listen   A “Wait, it will take me only a moment.”   <“Can I ask you a question?” – “One moment, please. I’ll be right with you.”>

Just a moment.   Listen   A “Please wait a short time. Stop for a moment.”   <“Can you help me?” – “Just a moment. Let me finish this small business.”>

Just a minute.   Listen   <“Waiter! We are ready to place an order.” – “Just a minute. I’ll be right there.”>

Just a second.   Listen   <“These people are bigoted.” – “Just a second! How can you say such a thing?”>

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17.20   When you ask for permission to leave a place

 

Excuse me.   Listen   <“I don’t want to spoil the party, but I have a train to catch. Excuse me.” – “Sure, Bob. You are excused.”>

Could I be excused?   Listen   (used with could or can or may)   <The guest stood up from the table and said, “Can I be excused?”>

Would you excuse me?   Listen   (used with would or could)   <“I’ve got to go now. Would you excuse me?”>

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17.21   When you look for a restroom in a public building

 

Where are the public restrooms?   Listen   < – “The public restrooms are in the end of the corridor, sir.”>

Where is the bathroom?   Listen   < – “To your right, ma’am.”>

Where is the men's room?   Listen   < – “Go straight. You’ll see the sign.”>

Where is the ladies' room?   Listen   < – “Behind the elevator.”>

Where is the washroom?   Listen   < – “Our washroom facilities are in the basement.”>

I have to go to the bathroom.   Listen   < – “Men’s and ladies’ rooms are just outside.”>

Where can I wash my hands?   Listen   < – “There is a restroom in the lobby.”>

Is there a public restroom here?   Listen   < – “I’m sorry, I don’t know. Ask the gentleman behind the counter. He should know.”>

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