Can/ Could/ Would you…………..?

Can/ Could/Would……….you?

(1)  Requests :

  • Can (or could) you wait for a moment, please?
  • Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to the railway station?
  • Could ( or would) you lend me some money until next week?

(2)  Asking for things:

  • Can I have these postcards, please?
  • Yes of course, you can have them.
  • Could I have the salt, please?

(3)  Asking for and giving permission:

  • Could I use your phone?  Yes of course.
  • May I come in?  Yes, please do.
  • You can use my phone. (OR)  You may use my phone.( Note:-  ‘May’ is formal and less usual than ‘ can ‘ or ‘ could ‘)

(4)  Offering to do things:

  • Can I get you a cup of coffee?
  • Can I help you?
  • No, thank you.  I can manage.
  • ( You can also use  I will … offer to do things.)  You look tired.  I will get you a cup of coffee.


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