Polite request / offer / suggestion

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In English we use phrases to ask for something we want politely.

I'd like... =  I would like...  / Can I have...? / Could I have...?

Examples sentences : 

  • I'd like a bottle of water, please.
  • Can I have the bill, please?
  • Could I have the chicken salad, please?

We use Would you like...? for offers (when we want to give something or help someone)

Examples sentences :

  • Would you like a drink?
  • Would you like cheese in your burger?
  • Would you like a cup of tea?

Notes for use of polite request / offer / suggestions :

'Would you like' has the same meaning as 'Do you want' but is a more polite way of offering something!

In English we use the question phrase 'Why don't you / we...?' to make a polite suggestion.

  • Why don't you see a doctor?
  • Why don't you go home and go to bed?
  • Why don't you take the day off?
  • Why don't we get a bottle?
Polite request / offer / suggestion example sentences
Would you like to sit inside or outside?
I got one big one, shall we get some tomatoes?
Or would you like to share half each?
I believe I can! Why don't you try helping me a bit?
Why don't you use your own phone?
Shall we get a bottle of chardonnay?
Which one would you like?
Anyway, would you like to go out for breakfast?
Would you like to sit by the window?
Diego, we were just about to order some drinks, would you like something?
There are 3 types of parmesan, which one would you like me to get?
Before we start, would you like me to play some music?
Okay, shall we go to Tesco, then?
Would you like me to get us some coffee and muffins?
Okay, shall we meet at the station at five?
Shall we check if they have that very special rice first?
Shall we leave, then?
Would you like me to walk you home?
Would you like to have anything as a starter?
Cate, why don't you go and get Pogo from the garden.

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