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Updated on September 23, 2018

Asking for a favor refers đồ sộ asking someone đồ sộ vì thế something for you. Use these phrases đồ sộ politely ask for a favor. When someone asks you for a favor, you'll have đồ sộ either grant it (say yes) or refuse it (say no). Pay special attention đồ sộ the sườn of the verb used in each case.

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Asking a Favor

Could / Would you vì thế u a favor?

Could you vì thế u a favor? is used đồ sộ find out if someone will vì thế a favor for you as a way đồ sộ begin the conversation. The sườn Would you vì thế u a favor? is more formal.

  • Would you vì thế u a favor?
  • Could you vì thế u a favor?

Could you please + verb

Use the simple sườn of the verb (do) đồ sộ ask for help with specific actions such as asking for help in daily situations.

  • Could you please take u đồ sộ work?
  • Could you please lend u a hand?

Could you possibly + verb

Use the simple sườn of the verb đồ sộ ask for help with specific situations while being extremely polite.

  • Could I possibly take some time off đồ sộ help?
  • Could you possibly work overtime today?

Could I ask / bother / trouble you + infinitive

Use the infinitive sườn of the verb (to do) đồ sộ ask for a favor in formal situations.

  • Could I ask you đồ sộ help my brother?
  • Could I bother you đồ sộ give u a ride đồ sộ work?
  • Could I trouble you đồ sộ open the door for me?

Would you mind + verb + ing

Use the gerund sườn of the verb (doing) đồ sộ ask for a favor in everyday situations.

  • Would you mind closing the window?
  • Would you mind cooking dinner tonight?

Would it be too much trouble for you + infinitive

Use this sườn with the infinitive đồ sộ ask for a favor in very formal situations.

  • Would it be too much trouble for you đồ sộ let u come in late tomorrow?
  • Would it be too much trouble for you đồ sộ take a look at this letter?

May I + verb?

Use the simple sườn of the verb with "may" when the favor you're asking requires permission.

  • May I leave class early?
  • May we use your telephone?

Granting a Favor

If you would lượt thích đồ sộ say "yes" đồ sộ someone who asks you for a favor, you can grant the favor using these phrases:

  • Sure
  • No problem.
  • I'd be happy đồ sộ help you.
  • It would be my pleasure.
  • I'd be glad đồ sộ help out.

It's common đồ sộ ask for more specifics when granting a favor. For instance, if your friend asks you đồ sộ help him out with a project, you might ask some follow up questions đồ sộ get an idea of what is needed.

  • Would you mind giving u a hand?
  • I'd be happy đồ sộ help you. What vì thế you need help with?

Refusing a Favor

If you are unable đồ sộ help out and need đồ sộ say "no", you can refuse a favor with these responses:

  • I'm afraid I can't.
  • Sorry, but I'm unable + infinitive
  • Unfortunately, I'm not able + infinitive.
  • Regrettably, I can't + verb

Saying "no," is never fun, but sometimes it's necessary. It's common đồ sộ offer a different solution đồ sộ try đồ sộ help out even if you can't vì thế the favor.

  • Could I ask you đồ sộ help u with my homework?
  • Unfortunately, I'm not able đồ sộ vì thế that.
  • Why not?
  • Regrettably, I can't vì thế math very well, ví I won't be able đồ sộ help.

Practice Dialogues

Use these dialogues đồ sộ practice asking for a favor, granting favors, and refusing favors.

Asking for a favor which is granted

Peter: Hi Anna. I've got a favor đồ sộ ask. Would you mind cooking dinner tonight? I'm kind of busy.
Anna: Sure, Peter. What would you lượt thích for dinner?
Peter: Could I trouble you đồ sộ make some pasta?
Anna: That sounds good. Let's have pasta. Which type of sauce should I make?
Peter: Would it be too much trouble đồ sộ make a four cheese sauce?
Anna: No, that's easy. Yum. Good idea.
Peter: Thanks Anna. That really helps u out.
Anna: No problem.

Mark: Hey, could you please help u with the homework?
Susan: I'd be glad đồ sộ help out. What seems đồ sộ be the problem?
Mark:: I don't get this equation. Would you mind explaining it đồ sộ me?
Susan: No problem. It's difficult!
Mark: Yeah, I know. Thanks a lot.
Susan: Don't worry about it.

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Asking for a favor which is refused

Employee: Hello, Mr. Smith. Could I ask you a question?
Boss: Sure, what vì thế you need?
Employee: Would it be too much trouble for you đồ sộ let u come in at 10 tomorrow morning?
Boss: Oh, that's a little difficult.
Employee: Yes, I know it's last moment, but I have đồ sộ go đồ sộ the dentist.
Boss: I'm afraid I can't let you come in late tomorrow. We really need you at the meeting.
Employee: OK, I just thought I'd ask. I'll get a different appointment.
Boss: Thanks, I appreciate it.

Brother: Hey. Would you mind letting u watch my show?
Sister: Sorry, but I can't vì thế that.
Brother: Why not?
Sister: I'm watching my favorite show now.
Brother: But I'm going đồ sộ miss my favorite game show!
Sister: Watch it online. Don't bother u.
Brother: Could you please watch your show online, it's a rerun!
Sister: Sorry, but I'm unable đồ sộ vì thế that. You'll just have đồ sộ watch it later.

Practice Situations

Find a partner and use these suggestions đồ sộ practice asking for favors, as well as granting and refusing favors as shown in the examples. Make sure đồ sộ vary the language you use when practicing rather than thở using the same phrase over and over again.

Ask someone đồ sộ ...

  • loan you $50 for the weekend
  • help you with your homework
  • assist you with some paperwork such as filling out a form
  • give you a ride
  • check your writing or correct your grammar
  • practice speaking English with you
  • cook a meal
  • let you take a day off work

More English Functions

Asking for, granting, and refusing favors are types of language functions. There is a wide range of English language functions such as making suggestions, giving advice and contrasting ideas that you can learn.

1. Would you please _____ u a ride?

2. Would you mind _____ u with my homework?

3. May I _____ your phone?

4. I'd be happy _____ you a hand with your homework.

5. I'd be glad _____ you đồ sộ the buổi tiệc ngọt.

6. I'm afraid I can't _____ you any advice on that.

7. Sorry, but I'm unable _____ dinner this evening.

8. Would it be too much trouble _____ a few questions?

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