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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
Would you like some pills for your headache?
Would you like me to get us some coffee and muffins?
Shall we use the self-checkout?
I believe I can! Why don't you try helping me a bit?
Yes sir, what would you like to order?
Don't you think a 50% rise is too much!?
Would you like to get some cashback?
There are 3 types of parmesan, which one would you like me to get?
Would you like to have anything as a starter?
Would you like a whole chicken, or do you want pieces?
Why don't you use your own phone?
Alright, shall we book the table for eight thirty, then?
Shall we check if they have that very special rice first?
Erm, I was going to ask if you would like to come to Brighton with me tomorrow.
Shall we try a trick, then?
Before we start, would you like me to play some music?
Shall we smoke outside?
Okay, shall we go to Tesco, then?
While we are here, shall we get the drinks, too?
I would recommend you get some mussels.


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