A. POLITE OFFERS AND REQUESTS 1)Asking for permission:

Can I smoke?

Could I leave now?

May I call you Nick?

Is it all right if I smoke?

Would you mind if ...?

Would it possible to ...?

Do you mind ...?

I wonder if I (you) could ...?

Refusing: a)

Agreeing: a)

Yes, of course.

Yes, go ahead.

By all means.

I´m afraid. (Mustn´t; may not)/you can´t.

(I´m sorry.) I´m afraid not. I do (mind).


No, of course not. No, go ahead.

2) Offering:

Will I do that?

I´ll do that, will I?

Agreeing (accepting): a)

That´s very kind of you.

Thank you.

Refusing: a)

No, it´s all right, thank you.

No, I´ll do it.

Note: Could is a little more formal than can. May is very formal.



1) Rewrite these questions using the phrase in brackets:

Can I leave early? (Would you mind ... ?)

Can you help me? (Would you mind ... ?)

Where´s the station? (I wonder if ... ?)

What´s your phone number? (Could you tell me ... ?)

Can I open the window? (Is it all right if ... ?)

2) Write suitable responses to the following questions:

Is it all right if I smoke?

Could you turn the music down, please?

Would you mind if I called you back?

Would you mind telling me what to call you?

Would you mind giving me your phone number? (1. Agree. 2. Agree. 3. Refuse. 4. Agree. 5. Refuse.)

3) Go round the class asking for permission to things or asking people to do things. Be polite.


Is it all right if I open the window? Yes, of course.

4) Rewrite these requests more polite:

I want to smoke.

Turn it off!


Where is the police station?

I want to borrow your book.

Lend it to me!

What is the date?

Speak up!



I must be off.

I must be going.

I´d better be going.

I really must be going.

Can´t you stay a little longer?

I´m sorry you have to leave so early.

I am sorry you have to leave.

It was a pleasure to see you.

Good bye. Good bye for now.

See you soon.

Till we meet again.

See you tomorrow (on Sunday).



1) Act out microdialogues:


- I´d better be going.

-Why don´t you stay a little longer?

1. - ...

... stay for a snack? 2. - ...

. have some more coffee?

- ...

... have another piece of cake?

- ...

. have one for the road

Translate and act out:

Котра година?

Half past six.

Треба йти додому.

See you later.

Час іти додому.

So soon? Sorry about it.

Я повинен поспішати. Термінові справи.

Thank you for coming.

p>Thank you very much. It was a great party.

I´m glad you enjoyed it.

До побачення!

Дякую, що прийшли.

Can´t you stay a little longer?

Я хотів би, але дійсно не можу.

Urgent business?

Yes, I am sorry about it.

Радий був Вас бачити.

Дякую, що прийшли.

Thank you. I had a good time.

До побачення!

Read and translate the following dialogues. Try to retell them.

What time is it now?

It is 11 p.m.

It is high time to go home.

Thank you for coming.

It was a pleasure to see you.

The pleasure is all mine. Good-bye.


I must be off. (I must be going.)

Oh, not yet.

I must hurry. Urgent business. Sorry about it.

Good luck. Bye-bye!

See you tomorrow.

I´d better be going.

So soon? Can´t you stay a little longer?

I wish I could, but it´s already late.

I am sorry you have to leave.

Thank you for a wonderful meal.

I am glad you enjoyed it.

I really must be going.

What? Already? Can´t you stay a little longer?

That´s very nice of you, but I really can´t.

I´m sorry you have to leave so early.

Thank you very much. We had a good time.

Thank you for coming.

4) Role-play the following situations:

You are a hostess. A friend of yours has dropped on you. But he has leave soon. Express your surprise.

Thank the hostess for an enjoyable party (a wonderful meal).

Ask about the time. Say that you must hurry because of urgent business.

Ask your guests to stay a little longer.