Requesting

How To Request Others In English?

Requesting or making requests is a common part of our daily conversations. It is rather considered quite polite to often use request phrases in your talks. It will get your works done easily and you will win respect from others also.

While requesting do consider following points for better phrasing a sentence:

a. Is the person (you are requesting) is older or senior to you? In such cases you must use polite phrases.

b. Is the person a stranger, a friend or colleague of yours? For strangers you must use polite phrases but for friends use of to much polite language is not considered as appropriate, because it gets to formal.

c. If your request will cause trouble or extra burden for others then you need to add ‘sorry’ etc with your request.

Requesting Phrases

a. Will you (please) do me a favor?
b. Sorry to trouble you but…………..
c. May I.….can I…….
d. Would you mind if I………….
e. I’m sorry to bother you………………
f. Do you think it is possible for you…………………
g. I wonder whether you could…………………
h. Do you mind if I………………..
i. Could you please………………
j. I hope you don’t mind my asking……………
k. I’ll be extremely grateful……………..
l. I wonder if I can ask for………………..

Sample Dialogue 1
A: Will you do me a favor please?
B: Sure, I’m at your service.
A: Thanks, please post this letter today.

Sample Dialogue 2
A: Would you mind if I use your cell phone?
B: Sure, but there’s no balance in it.

Sample Dialogue 3
A: I’ll be extremely grateful if you help me in this project.
B: Oh, it will be my pleasure.

Sample Dialogue 4
A: Do you think it is possible for you to come tomorrow evening?
B: No, I’m so sorry I’ve to go somewhere tomorrow.

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