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
It must be a sign, why don't you...
Shall we use the self-checkout?
Yes sir, what would you like to order?
Where would you like to sit, Cate?
Diego, we were just about to order some drinks, would you like something?
Why don't you use your own phone?
Don't you think a 50% rise is too much!?
It's getting late, shall we leave soon?
Would you like a whole chicken, or do you want pieces?
Alright, shall we book the table for eight thirty, then?
I got one big one, shall we get some tomatoes?
There are 3 types of parmesan, which one would you like me to get?
I would recommend you get some mussels.
Do you mind if I join you?
Would you like any salad or sides with that?
While we are here, shall we get the drinks, too?
Okay, we'd like to sit outside.
Which one would you like?
Would you like me to take you out for dinner?
Come on dear, what would you like to drink?

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