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  • Hi, my name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson I am going to show you four different ways

  • in which you can offer help in a polite way to someone and also how you can accept or

  • refuse that help, in a gracious manner, okay?

  • So let's look at the board. This can help you in a personal situation and also at work in a professional situation,

  • so let's have a look. Okay, so there are different ways

  • in which we can offer help, some are more formal and some are more informal.

  • The first two I am going to talk about are more formal and the next two are informal.

  • In a formal situation or in any situation where you want to be more business-like or

  • more professional you could say, "Would you like me to," for example, "open the window?"

  • "Would you like me to open the window?" or "Would you like me to get you some water?"

  • or you can use this expression as well -- very polite: "Shall I shut the door?"

  • "Shall I switch off the television?" Okay, well, that's probably going to be more at home.

  • So let's say it was an informal situation. You could say, "Let me switch off the TV",

  • or just "I'll get the door for you." "Let me help you with those bags." Okay?

  • So again, depending upon who you are talking to and in what context, you are going to use

  • something more formal or something more informal, okay? And any of these will work very well.

  • Now how do you accept or decline -- which is to say "no" to that help?

  • Well, in a formal way you could say "Thank you very much."

  • So if someone says, "Would you like me to get you some water?" You could say "Yes, thank you very much."

  • If someone says "Shall I open the window?" You could say, "Thank you."

  • If someone says, "I'll get the door for you." You might just say, "Thanks." Okay?

  • So again, the level of response, it matches the level of the question, right? The level of the offer,

  • if it's more formal then you're going to respond more formally.

  • If it's more informal you will respond informally, all right?

  • You can also be very, very polite and if someone says, "Would you like me to get you some water?".

  • "Thank you very much. That's very kind of you."

  • Okay? So you could go on and be even more polite.

  • Now let's say you don't need any help. So if someone says, "Let me switch off the TV."

  • You can say, "No, thanks." Okay? Or if someone says, "I'll help you with those bags." "No thanks. I'm good."

  • Okay, "I'm good" is kind of slang, because normally we don't say "I'm good," but it's

  • used a lot, especially in North America, and it means "I'm fine, thanks. I don't need anything."

  • All right?

  • Or you could say if someone says "Would you like me to get you some water?"

  • You could say, "No, thank you. I'm fine." Or "Shall I help you with those suitcases?"

  • "No, thank you. I can manage." Okay?

  • So something like that... Again, depending on the situation, you could always just say,

  • "Thank you" here, and "No, thank you" here, all right?

  • If you'd like to do a quiz on this subject, just to get a little more practice into how

  • you can ask these questions, and how to accept or decline, you can go to our website, www.engvid.com.

  • Thanks very much for watching. Good luck with your English.

Hi, my name is Rebecca, and in today's lesson I am going to show you four different ways

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A2 US formal informal polite situation offer accept

Polite English: How to offer help

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    Zenn posted on 2014/10/06
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