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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
Yes, thank you, we would like to order half a duck with pancakes.
Shall we get the grated one?
Shall we call them to make appointments for Saturday?
Anyway, would you like to go out for breakfast?
I would recommend you get some mussels.
Shall we move your desk back near the window?
While we are here, shall we get the drinks, too?
Would you like me to bring you anything?
Would you like me to walk you home?
Anyway, would you like me to bring you the wine list?
Would you like me to take you out for dinner?
Erm, I was going to ask if you would like to come to Brighton with me tomorrow.
Would you like some salad, Cate?
Shall we try a trick, then?
Would you like to sit inside or outside?
Would you like to sit by the window?
Would you like to have anything as a starter?
Shall we get a bottle of chardonnay?
That's not bad, shall we start checking some houses, then?
Shall we check if they have that very special rice first?


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