Simple requests: Could/can you…? Would you mind…? For routine requests (asking someone to do his/her job) we can be fairly direct. Big requests/favours: I was hoping you could… I was wondering if you could… Would it be okay if…? Do you think you might be able to…? For big requests and favours, we need to… Read More
Making an offer: Would you like me to…? Can I help you with…? If you’d like, I can… Saying “Do you need help?” could be too direct and might suggest that the person cannot handle the task. Accepting an offer: Sure, that would be great. Yes, thank you. A simple “thanks” or “thank you” is… Read More
That’s not necessarily true. I’m not so sure I agree. I don’t know that I agree. That’s not always true. By partially disagreeing or using indirect, tentative language, we can soften our message and ensure we don’t offend our listener.
Maybe we could get back to… Maybe we could talk about… Why don’t we move on to…? Using one of these expressions makes for a smooth transition between topics.
I was wondering if you’d like to… Would you like to…? If you’re free on (day/date),…/If you aren’t doing anything on (day/date)…
Gaining the floor: Sorry to interrupt, but… Could I add something? It’s often helpful to say the person’s name before “Could I add something?” This helps get the person’s attention and makes him/her stop talking. After interrupting someone: I’m sorry, you were saying. I’m sorry, go ahead.
What about if… Maybe we could… I thought it might be a good idea to… It seems to me that we should… One thing we might want to consider is… I think… I feel like… Simply saying “we should” is often too direct. We can soften the message by using indirect, tentative language and… Read More
I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to… I’m sorry, I didn’t know… I apologise. That was my fault.
You may/might want to consider… It might be a good idea to… Have you thought about…? Saying “you should” could be too direct, especially if we’re talking to a supervisor, a client, or someone we don’t know very well.
Declining an invitation: That sounds great, but… I’m sorry, but I really can’t. I have to… I really appreciate the invite, but… In English, we don’t typically decline invitations without giving a reason (either real or made up). Simply saying “no” or “no thanks” would be too direct and might be perceived as rude. Informing someone… Read More
There are certain verbs, nouns, adjectives and participles that take the particular prepositions after them. It displays fitness in language. Your grammatical accuracy and range is often tested in International English Exams. Practise using these phrases in sentences, especially while writing and speaking, with suitable examples. Read More
Here you learn how to put an end to the conversation. Read More
I’m very sorry, but… Unfortunately,… I’m afraid that… We typically use these statements to alert our listener that bad news is coming.
These are some of the phrases you should consider including while writing or speaking (describing) a Graph. Read More
After writing an essay, before submitting it for correction you should consider including some of these phrases in the essay wherever necessary. This habit will finally result it you being able to write essays with appropriate phrases. Read More
It looks like… It seems… Didn’t we agree on…?/Didn’t we decide…? I thought we had agreed to/on… I seem to remember that we… By asking questions and using tentative language, we can soften our message. We normally don’t want to say “this is wrong” or “you are wrong.”
Learn some phrases that help you to speak English Better. Read More