English expressions to offer help.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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