When you want to help someone, how do you make your offer in English? It is common for English speakers to make helping offers in a conversation in order to be polite and helpful. In this lesson you will learn some useful expressions that you can use to offer help.
- Can I…….?(followed by a verb without using the word to)
Example: – Can I Help you?
Can I get you some juice?
Can I bring some food over?
- Shall I ……?(Followed by a verb without using to)
Example: – Shall I help you with your project?
Shall I bring your laptop to the office?
Shall I get you another drink?
- Would you……?(Followed either by a noun or by the verb with to)
Example: – Would you like to drink some coffee?
Would you like another piece of cake?
- Do you ………? ( This expression is used when you are not sure if your offer will be welcomed)
Example: – DO you need something from the store?
Do you want me to go through your files before you submit?
- I’d be glad to help……( This expression is used when you are really happy to help someone)
Example:- I’d be glad to design your wedding dress for you.
I’d be glad to cook for you.
Responding to offers
Following phrases can be used to accept someone’s help:
- Yes please, I’d like to. / Yes please, I’d love to.
- If you wouldn’t mind.
- Thank you that would be great.
Following phrases can be used to decline an offer:
- Its ok, I can do it myself.
- Don’t worry, I’ll do it.
- No, thank you.