Words and Phrases to Use for Making Requests in English

Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. We will be learning some useful words and phrases to use for making requests in English. 

The most common way to make requests is by using modal verbs can, could, will and would, but you can also use the phrases such as “do you mind”, “would you be kind”, etc. Let’s look at some of them:

Making requests

Will you pass me the bread, please?

Would you open the door for me, please? My hands are full.

Will you do me a favour and turn on the TV? 

Can you drive me to the supermarket?

Could you lay the table for me, please?

Could you possibly give me a hand in the kitchen?

Do you think you could drive me to the airport on Saturday?

Do you mind calling me later? I’m busy at the moment.

Is there any chance of you dropping by tomorrow morning so we can discuss the contract?

Is there a possibility you do a survey about the shopping habits of the citizens?

Would you be kind to help me with my homework?

Can I ask you to look at my computer? I think it’s got viruses.

If it’s not a problem, could you close the window? I’m freezing.

If you have a spare moment, could you send the parcel on your way home? I’m too busy.

Would you be open to helping me prepare for the job interview?

Accepting requests

Here are the phrases you can use to accept people’s requests:

Of course.

No problem.



I’d be glad/happy

It would be my pleasure.

Refusing requests

Here are ways to refuse a request politely.

Sorry, I can’t.

I’m afraid I can’t.

I’m really sorry, but…

I’d be happy to help but…

I’d love to but…

Making Requests in English
Making Requests in English

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