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Useful Language - Making/Responding to Requests
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Back to Useful Language for Conversations Making Requests 01 / Responding to Requests

audio Listen to these sentences External Link at the Talking People Podcast! - it also includes some drilling on indirect questions

In conversation and informal writing

Could you give me a hand with this?
Could I have a beer?
Can you help me, please? I'm looking for...
Can I have two stamps for Spain, please?

Would you be so kind (so as) to water my plants while I'm away?
Would you mind handing me that book over there?
Would you mind feeding my cat while I'm away?
Do you mind bringing me my notes?
Pass me the salt, please

I was wondering if you could...
I was wondering if I could borrow your pen for a minute
I was wondering if I could use your phone
I was wondering if you could move your suitcases. Thank you!

Do you think you could possibly...?
Do you think you could possibly ring me later?
Do you think you could possibly give me a ring later?

Is there any chance you could...?
Is there any chance you could call me back at three?

Responses

Sure, don't worry
Sure, no problem
I'll see what I can do (about it)
I'm afraid I can't
I can help you later on, but not just now, sorry!

In formal conversations and formal writing

Could you please send me further information on courses, dates and prices?
I would like to ask for information about/on summer language courses.
I have looked at your website and found it really informative. However, I still need some more information on/about...
I would need to know more about prices and dates.
more about your situation and what made you break up/why you broke up.
I would need to know which the specific dates are.
I would need to know in advance, so I can book the tickets.
I would need to know if my partner could stay wherever I am staying.
I would need to know how much it is.
I would need to know how you would like me to do it.
I would need to know first what they were talking about.
I would need to know all of the facts in order to comment.
I would need to know more before I could offer an opinion in the matter.
I would need to know how long you plan to travel for and the specific places you want to see.
I would need to know the date you're checking in and the date you're checking out.
I would need to know if this is correct-you're checking in on the seventh and staying the night of the eighth and checking out on the ninth
If there is anything else I would need to know, please inform me as soon as possible.
I would need to know who I could send it to.
I would need to know who I have to sent it to.
I would need to know why you want it.
I would need to know more about the suggested changes.
I would need to know where to put it.

I need to know where to put this.
I need to know who to call.
I need to know Mary's phone number.
I need to know Juan's address.