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Requests: Can, Could, Will, Would, Would you mind

Requests in the Classroom


Focus on Grammar 3 Part III, Unit 13 By Ruth Luman, Gabriele Steiner, and BJ Wells
Copyright 2006. Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Requests
Would you please write clearly? Could you work with a partner on Exercise 4?

More Requests
NO!!

Im sorry, I cant. I dont accept late homework .

Would you accept my homework late? My dog ate it.

And More Requests


Would you mind looking over my assignment? Im not sure its right.

And, could I leave class ten minutes early today?

And Even More Requests!


Can I borrow your eraser for a moment?

Sure.

Will you let me copy your homework?

NO!!!

Formal Requests
Use could and would to make formal requests (ask someone to do something). Could and would soften requests and make them more polite.

base form

Could you work on Exercise 4?

Informal Requests
Use can and will for less formal requests.

Can I borrow your eraser?

base form

Sure.

Requests with Please


Use please to make a request more polite. Note the word order.

Would you please open Would you open your your books? books, please?

Practice 1
Example: Open your books.

Change the statements into polite requests using would or could. Add please.

Would/Could you please open your books? 1. Turn to page twelve. Would/Could you please turn to page twelve? Would/Could you please repeat what you said? 2. Repeat what you said. Would/Could you please 3. Take out your notebooks. take out your notebooks? 4. Pronounce this word. Would/Could you please pronounce this word ? 5. Write down the answers. write down the answers? Would/Could you please 6. Tell me what grade please tell me what grade I got? Would/Could you I got.

Affirmative Answers to Requests


When we say yes to a request, we usually use expressions such as sure, certainly, of course, and no problem. Would you help me read this? Of course I will help you.

Negative Answers to Requests


When we cannot say yes to a request, we usually apologize and give an explanation.

Would you accept my homework late?

NO!!
Im sorry, I cant. I dont accept late homework.

What she thinks

What she says

Practice 2

Imagine you are in these situations. Make polite requests with Would you mind. Then think of possible replies.

Example: You are talking to your English teacher. A: Would you mind explaining a grammar rule to me? B: Not at all. How can I help you?

1. You are talking to your boss.


2. You want your co-worker to help you.

3. You want your children to clean up their rooms.


4. You want your wife/ husband to help you cook dinner.

Would you mind ?


Use would you mind + gerund to make polite requests.

Would you mind opening


the door for me?

Gerund = base form + -ing

Be Careful!
When we answer this type of request with Not at all, it means that we will do what the person requests. I dont mind at all! Not at all!

Would you mind looking


over my assignment?

OK. Ill do it!

References
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