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  • Now as kids we were always taught, that it's very important to ask for permission to do

  • anything and everything, right? Remember we used to ask our teachers -

  • "Mam'm can I please go to the toilet?

  • Hi welcome back, I am Niharika and in today's

  • lesson we are gonna look at some expressions that would help you to ask for permission

  • or for an approval. Now as kids we were always taught, that it's very important to ask for

  • permission to do anything and everything, right? Remember we used to ask our teachers

  • - "Mam'm can I please go to the toilet, right? So we used to ask for permission, now we are

  • adults , still we need to ask for permission or for an approval , perhaps at work or maybe

  • ask a friend, if in case you have to borrow something from her or if you want to take

  • something from him, right? We have to ask for a permission. So how do you do that in

  • English, well we are gonna learn some expressions that would help you to do that, so the very

  • first one is a very informal way of asking someone " What do you think about me doing

  • something?" Okay at times you know you wanna do something, but you are not sure if you

  • are taking a right decision, so you wanna check with someone who's maybe well experienced

  • and probably you want an approval from that other person. So, probably it's your dad,

  • probably you wanna start your own business or you wanna take up a new job, but you are

  • unable to make your own decision. So you wanna ask for an approval, so this is a good informal

  • way of asking your closed ones. What do you think of me taking up this job? Okay it's

  • kind of asking for a permission , for an approval and it's a very polite way of asking to your

  • loved ones. So do use it, when you wanna take an approval. The second one is " would you

  • approve of ...? Now, this is a very hypothetical phrase, well would you approve of me doing

  • this? okay again you are asking for permission,

  • so since it's very hypothetical , but it can be very polite as well. So Would you

  • approve of me going to Switzerland by myself? Okay so you are asking for permission, right?

  • Another phrase that you can use is " Do you think I could?" plus you add a verb, okay.

  • So the phrase will be - " Do you think I could borrow your laptop? So it's another way of

  • asking for permission, probably you need your friends laptop, your laptop is not working

  • so you need to use your friends, so this is a good way of asking. " Hey, do you think

  • I could borrow your laptop?" Okay, so you can use the phrase, I could and then add a

  • verb to it. The next one " Would it be possible" and then you can follow it with an infinitive

  • , so for example , now of course you end up using this phrase because you think that there

  • is a possibility , there is a probability that this person would allow you to do something,

  • that you are asking for, "Would it be possible you lending me your laptop?" So, this is another

  • way of asking permission. And then the last one - " Would you mind if I" and then you

  • follow it with a verb in the past, so for example how you would use it - " Would you

  • mind If I stayed here for few hours" So, you are using this phrase to ask a question, but

  • you are adding a verb in the past, so, "Would you mind if I stayed here for few hours?"

  • again you are asking for permission. So, these are certain phrases that you can use in order

  • to ask for an approval or for a permission. Now also at times people ask you something

  • and you are at a position to either agree to it or deny it, so what are the phrases

  • that you can use to agree or to deny , we are gonna have a look at. So, here are some

  • phrases that would help you to give or grant permission, very simple , Sure, so someone

  • would ask you for something and you are okay , he or she doing it, then you gonna say " Oh

  • sure" The other one " Go right ahead" okay Go right ahead it's not a problem, you can

  • also add, Sure not a problem or Go right ahead, not a problem. Okay that's simple, and then

  • the third one " Please feel free to...." Someone asked you - Hey can I use your laptop or can

  • I borrow your laptop, you gonna say - Please feel free to, okay so that's very simple when

  • you wanna go ahead and say yes. Now at times we have to say NO, there is no fun in saying

  • no, but it is necessary. So how do you deny , well these are the phrases that would help

  • you to deny if someone has asked you for something. So, "I am afraid, that's not possible" So

  • just keep it simple and of course you got to be a little polite, don't be very stern

  • or rude, you can say " I am afraid, that's not possible" so probably your team member

  • wants to do something different and you are the decision maker and you do not approve

  • of his idea, then just don't discourage him but just you know cut it short by denying

  • it in a nice way, you can say " I am afraid, that's not possible" right? Another one, "Unfortunately

  • I need to say no"So again someone came up with a great idea, okay and asking for your

  • permission, but you think that this idea is not up to the mark and you are sad , you don't

  • wanna be rude by saying a stern NO, you are sad, so in a very polite way you say " Unfortunately

  • I need to say no" So this is another way of denying it. And then the last one " I am afraid,

  • i would prefer if you don't" This is perfect for parents, when kids come up to you and

  • ask for a permission or an approval to do something and you do not agree with them,

  • then this is the best phrase you can use. You can say " I am afraid, I would prefer

  • if you don't" Now another thing that you can do along with this phrase is by giving options,

  • so give options , maybe give solutions probably whatever is asked that's not possible, but

  • you can work out something else, so give options. So hope these phrases are helpful to you,

  • so next time you wanna ask for a permission or for an approval, please do use these phrases

  • because this would help you to speak fluently. I will be back with a new lesson, till then

  • you take care.

Now as kids we were always taught, that it's very important to ask for permission to do

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English lesson - How to ask for a permission or approval in English ( Useful English Expressions)

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