How to Make Requests in English
When we make requests in English, we ask someone for something, or we ask someone to do something.
Examples of requests in English:
- Can I give you a hand?
- Could you do me a favor?
- Would you mind driving me home?
- Will you take me home?
Grammar Structures to Make Requests in English
To make requests in English you need to know more about some grammar structures.
- Expressions with could
- Expressions with can
- Expressions with will
- Direct requests with the verbs “need” and “want”
- Expression with would
- Expressions with would you mind
- Expressions with do you mind
#1 Expressions with Could
These are some expressions with could to make requests in English
- Could you give me a hand?
- Could you help me with this problem?
- Could I Borrow your phone for a minute?
- Could you carry this for me please?
- Could you call a taxi for me please?
- Could they wait for me here?
- Could you drive me home?
- Could you please take me to the dentist?
- Could you check the computer?
- Could you make some copies for me please?
#2 Expressions with Can
These are some expressions with can to make requests in English
- Mom, can you wake me at seven o’clock?
- Can I have the menu?
- Can you pass me the newspaper?
- Can you buy the ticket for me?
- Can I borrow some money for the tickets?
- Can you help me with these reports?
- Can we have the day off tomorrow?
- Can you stop by my house?
#3 Expressions with Will
These are some expressions with will to make requests in English
- Will you carry this for me?
- Will you drive me to the airport?
- Will you take my daughter home?
- Will you buy me a couple of drink if I give you the money?
- Will you send me that important document?
- Will you send me an email with files we prepared?
#4 Very Direct Requests
These are some expressions with need and wanrt to make requests in English
- I need some help
- I need you to go to my office
- She needs you to run a few errands
- We need to email the contract to Peter immediately.
- I want to go to the hospital
- She wants you to work overtime
- I want to go running
#5 Expressions with Would
These are some expressions with would to make requests in English
- Would you like to go to the club?
- Would you like to help me please?
- Would you like to buy some groceries for me?
- Would you be kind enough to repair my computer?
- Would you be willing to help us fix our car tomorrow morning?
#6 Expressions with Would you Mind
These are some expressions with wold you mind to make requests in English
- Would you mind closing the door?
- Would you mind paying for my lunch?
- Would you mind driving me home?
- Would you mind helping me with my math homework?
- Would you mind carrying this suitcase?
- Would you mind turning off the TV?
- Would you mind turning off the radio?
- Would you mind collecting my suit from the dry cleaner’s, please?
#7 Expressions with Do you Mind
These are some common expressions with do you mind
|Do you mind if I close the window?|
|Do you mind if I use your phone for a quick call?|
|Do you mind if we stop by the supermarket? I need to buy some groceries|
|Do you mind if we get back home now?|
|Do yoi mind if we stop by my mother’s house?|
Make a Request Exchanges
These are some exchanges that can be made
- I need to buy a product on amazon
- Sure, Can I have your credit card number?
- Would you mind helping me with the suitcases?
- Yes, of course
- My computer is not working, Could you help me?
- I need a new laptop, could you help me ?
- Yes, come over here
- Could you lend me a few dollars?
- sure, no problem
Making a Request Conversation
ThIs is a basic example of a conversation in which requests are made
John: Hi, Do you need any help?
Luis: Thanks for asking, can you help me with this homework?
John: Sure, no problem but I don’t know much about math
Luis: Would you mind asking Dereck if he could help us?
John: Yeah, sure, can you send me his phone number?
Luis: Alrighty, check your whatsapp
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