10 best beginner ways to make polite requests in English
In this post, we will practice ways to make polite requests for beginners of English. Phrases such as " Could you help me with my work, please?" and, "If you don't mind, could you give me a lift?" are some examples of how to make polite requests for beginners of English. It is always recommended that you include the word please with your request. It will sound more polite and authentic. Read on to find out more great examples to help you with your English.
What is a polite request?
When you want to ask for something, need something or get someone to do something for you, you may need to make a request. As a learner of English, you may be wondering what a polite request actually is.
Basically, a polite request is one that is softer, less direct, and uses good manners or social etiquette. An example of good manners would be using "please" and "thank you", in a genuine manner. If the person you are talking to can hear, understand and accept your request, you have probably succeeded in making a polite request!
It is always a good idea to include please, thank you, and also a reason why you are requesting something. If it is only a small request, such as passing the table salt, a reason is not required. I think that is the same in almost any language!
How to make a polite request for beginners
My golden rule and one that I teach to all my students here at Daniel’s English Club is a simple but often forgotten rule. Use please when you are asking for something. That will make any sentence sound more polite and genuine. Another point is to include words such as could, would, I hate to ask, and if you don’t mind.
Making a request for beginners of English: 10 examples you need
Could you help me with this English question, please?
Do you think you can open the window, please?
If possible, could you lend me your grammar textbook, please?
If it is not too much trouble, could I leave the office early today?
If you don’t mind, can I turn on the air conditioner?
Would it be possible for you to work overtime tonight?
Could you please pass me the salt?
Would you be kind enough to lend me some money?
I hate to ask, but would you mind giving me a ride?
If it’s not too much trouble, I’d like to change seats, please.
10 dialog examples for making a request in English, for beginners
1. Using “Could you” in a dialog.
A: Janet, could you help me with my English vocabulary table, please?
B: Sure, no problem.
2. Using “Do you think...? in a conversation.
A: Do you think you can give me a lift to the station, please?
B: Sorry, I”m busy right now. Maybe in half an hour.
A: That would be super, thank you.
3. Using “If possible, could you?” in a dialog.
A: Hey, Paul. How’s work going today?
B: It’s going well, thanks Mike.
A: Good. Anyway, I know you have been busy recently with our new project, but if possible, do you think you could work an hour of overtime tonight?
A: Yes, that will be fine, Mike.
B: Thank you. I appreciate it.
4. Using ‘If it is not too much trouble” in a conversion.
A: If it is not too much trouble, could I borrow your English dictionary this weekend, please?
B: Sure, Taka. What’s up?
A: Oh, it’s just I have to practice for my English grammar test which is coming up on Monday.
B: Good luck!
5. Using “If you don’t mind’ in an example dialog
A: It has gotten quite warm in here. If you don’t mind, can I turn on the air conditioner, please?
B: Yeah, no problem. Go for it.
6. Using “Would it be possible” in an English dialog.
A: Mr. Smith. Would it be possible to be absent from next weeks’ English lesson?
B: Yes, Juan, that will be fine. Just make sure you are working on the phrasal verbs we studied last week, okay?
A: Sure, Mr. Smith.
7. Using “Could you please” in a conversation.
A: Could you please pass me the red pepper?
B: Yes, here you are.
A: Thank you!
8. Using “Would you be kind enough to” in an English dialog.
A: The room is feeling a little chilly, now it has gotten late. Would you be kind enough to close the window, please?
B: Certainly, just a second.
9. How to use “I hate to ask, but” in a conversation.
A: Look, Pablo, I know you helped me last week with my homework…
A: So, I hate to ask, but do you think you could help me again with my English listening? The drill the teacher gave us is really giving me problems!
B: No problem, Taka. Any time you want some help, just ask!
A: Thank you, Pablo. You are a true friend!
10. How do you use “If it’s not too much trouble” in a sentence?
A: If it is not too much trouble, could you vacuum the living room carpet, please?
B: Mom, do I have to do it right now?
A: I’d really appreciate it if you would!
How do we start a sentence with a request?
It is pretty simple to start a sentence with a request. If you are worried that it will be too direct, just make sure you explain the reason for your request and also add the word “please”.
Can you turn on the TV, please? I’d like to catch the program about learning English.
How do you write a requesting sentence?
Similar to the examples written above, a request is usually preceded by requesting phrases or vocabulary. First, write down something like “if it is not too much trouble” and then write what you need. After that, consider writing please, if it fits the sentence. Look at this example:
Requesting vocabulary: If it’s not too much trouble…
What you need: could you mow the lawn,
Add please: please
If it’s not too much trouble, could you mow the lawn, please?
How do you make a simple request in English for beginners?
To make a polite, simple request as a beginner in English, there are three things to remember. If you follow these three steps, you will have success! First: Use a phrase such as “if you don’t mind”. Second: State what you need. For example: help with your English assignment. Third: Try to use please when possible!
If you don’t mind, could you give me some help with my English work, please?
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